Believe – Voices of Virginia

presented by The Governor's School for the Arts

December 06, 2019 to December 08, 2019

Main Stage Theater

The Voices of Virginia form the Governor’s School for the Arts recently toured Japan with their show BELIEVE and will be presenting a live concert at the Z December 6-8. The show is a celebration of the Norfolk-Kitakyushu Sister City Relationship and celebrates 60 years of popular music including Classic rock, pop, soul, Motown and more.

Presented by

Detroit 48202: Conversations Along a Postal Route

Documentary Film

November 23, 2019

Main Stage Theater

In DETROIT 48202 we take a journey with Wendell along his route and listen in on his conversations with his customers – the resilient Detroiters who share stories of resistance: pushing back against racial segregation in housing; challenging industrial and political disinvestment; and living on reduced pensions as a result of the 2014 municipal bankruptcy. Our characters also share stories of hope and propose creative ways to re-imagine an inclusive, productive, equitable and re-invigorated city.

We also meet legendary labor organizer, General Baker, Historian Thomas Sugrue, and Urban Planner June Manning Thomas, who provide a thread of analysis and historical context.

DETROIT 48202: CONVERSATIONS ALONG A POSTAL ROUTE is urgent. It asks: will the resurgence of Detroit center on a high tech, and increasingly white downtown or, will it focus on the vast stretches of neglected neighborhoods that continue to deal with a 40% poverty rate, water shutoffs, tax foreclosures, poor transportation, and a school system in crisis?

More on DETROIT 48202, click here

On Screen/In Person tours independent American filmmakers to communities across the mid-Atlantic region to screen their recent work and increase accessibility and appreciation for film through direct audience engagement.

Presented with support from:

Basses Are Loaded

By Caitlyn Kamminga

November 22, 2019 to November 24, 2019

Studio Theater

Sidney Kovach has been the Assistant Principal Double Bassist in the Philharmonic for over 40 years. He’s done everything during his illustrious career, he’s played Bernstein with Bernstein, Stravinsky with Boulez and has premiered major concertos with the world’s best musicians. When his stand partner (the legendary Max Finkelstein) passes away, a young upstart, Lindsay Bonner-Cox III, is appointed as the new Principal by the Music Director. Lindsay is not the choice of the members of the bass section and the appointment immediately causes friction amongst the players. Basses are Loaded is a hilarious psychological study of three generations of musicians trying to find a way to make music together in challenging circumstances.

This will be a Staged Reading; the actors will have script in hand, there will be some scenic elements and projections, minimal costumes, and theatrical lighting

The Doo Wop Project

greatest music in American pop and rock history.

November 22, 2019

Main Stage Theater

The Doo Wop Project begins at the beginning, tracing the evolution of Doo Wop from the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today. In their epic shows DWP takes audiences on a journey from foundational tunes of groups like the Crests, Belmonts and Flamingos through their influences on the sounds of Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and The Four Seasons all the way to DooWopified versions of modern musicians like Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz and Maroon 5.

Featuring stars of Broadway’s hits Jersey Boys, Motown: The Musical, Chazz Palminteri’s A Bronx Tale, and more the Doo Wop Project brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate — and in some cases entirely reimagine — some of the greatest music in American pop and rock history.

The Word

AN OPEN MIC FOR POETS, STORYTELLERS AND FABULISTS

November 21, 2019

Studio Theater

The Word is in collaboration with Zeiders American Dream Theater, The Muse Writers Center, Hampton Roads Writers, and Tidewater Writers.
 
The Word welcomes diverse voices and fans of poetry, spoken word, and all forms of creative writing. We encourage all ages and backgrounds to come together and share in the mutual adoration of words. The Z provides a platform for writers to share their work while fostering a comfortable, laid-back, and encouraging atmosphere. This is your chance to take the mic! Read your own work or share a favorite.
 
Admission is a suggested $5 donation. Those looking to speak/perform may sign up at the door. Please limit your performance to 5 minutes. Limited spots!

 

VBSTRONG

A Healing Arts Community Event

November 17, 2019

Main Stage Theater

PLEASE RESERVE YOUR SEATS FOR THIS FREE EVENT.

Healing takes time. Over 150 days after the tragic shooting at our City’s Municipal Center, Zeiders American Dream Theater invites the community to come together for this FREE Community Event to draw strength and healing through the power of The Arts.  Interactive arts activities as well as community arts & therapy resources will be offered in The Z’s Main Stage Lobby. The event will then culminate in a performance in The Z’s Main Stage of dance, music and spoken word by local contributing artists. Arts Partners to offer activities include Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, The Muse Writers Center and The Vibe. WHRO, as media partner, is promoting the event. And Angela Phillips Yoga Studio will be offering guided breath work.

Resources about Arts & Healing will also be available with breath work offered by Angela Phillips Yoga Studio.  Also housed in the Main Stage Lobby will be a sampling of items left at the site of the shooting that were collected and are making their way into a memorial museum coordinated by the City of Virginia Beach.

From 3PM-4PM, tables will be set up in The Z’s Main Stage Lobby with interactive arts projects from The Muse, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art & The Vibe.  Arts organizations, to include dance, music, and pottery studios, comedy improv troupes & theaters, will be invited to table so they may share their information and folks can find some form of art they enjoy. From 4PM-5PM everyone is invited into the Main Stage for a performance to include dance, film, spoken word, music.

Partnering with:

The Plan B Comedy Show

Hilarious, Fast Paced, Fun!

November 16, 2019

Studio Theater

Join us at The Z and see our resident comedy company deliver their very own unique, fast paced and always funny Comedy Show.

About Plan B Comedy:

Plan B Comedy is very proud to be the resident comedy group at The Z. Performing regularly in both the Studio and the Main Stage, Plan B Comedy provides a high energy, fast paced and exciting experience to audiences of all ages. Plan B Comedy’s brand is “FUN” and it shows.

Jack and the Beanstalk

Presented by Children's Theater of Hampton Roads

November 16, 2019

Studio Theater

Written and Directed by Jessica Brooke Pinsky

When your chicken runs away, your magical harp gets stolen, your cow is sold at market, and your mom is always on your case, don’t you wish you could just climb a beanstalk to get away from it all? Climb up the beanstalk with Jack to the land of the giants, this November at CTHR!

(Appropriate for all ages, best enjoyed by those four and up)

DIAPER DRIVE FOR SAMARITAN HOUSE:
As a community minded non profit, The Z is partnering with Samaritan House and asking our patrons to bring diapers of all sizes to all Children’s Theater of Hampton Roads performances.  Please help us support this community effort by bringing an unopened package of diapers to The Z!

Any questions please contact our Community Liaison at [email protected]

AfroBeats Fest 757

presented with Tidewater African Cultural Alliance

November 08, 2019 to November 10, 2019

Main Stage Theater

TACA members get a discount- 20% Discount on festival passes. This discount can only be purchased at the box office with proof of TACA membership.

Afrobeats is the hottest and latest genre of music AND dance that is taking the world by storm. We got a taste of it last November, as TACA, the Tidewater African Cultural Alliance presented the Afrobeat Friday: College Division Dance Off! on the main stage last year, featuring dance teams from ODU (winner), VCU, and Hampton University. We also had students from VA Beach’s Kellam and Tallwood High School treat us to special performances.

The Zeiders American Dream Theater is excited to partner with TACA this November to bring you Afrobeats FEST 757, the first of its kind featuring DANCE, MUSIC, and FILM! This time, the Dance Off! will be open to high school, college, AND the community – with cash prizes, too! We kick off the FEST with an Afrobeats Burnout class by the amazing Hurricane Ghana of NYC on Friday night Nov. 8; have the preliminaries of the Dance Off!, along with films being shown and a concert featuring some incredible talent from NYC, Boston, and the 757, including local student musicians: all on Saturday, Nov. 9! Then, we end with the finals on Sunday, Nov. 10. Come have an AMAZING time and get your Afrobeats on!

Let’s kick off the Afrobeats FEST 757 with an Afrobeat Burnout class by Hurricane Ghana, NYC based Ghanaian fitness pro: You will have so much fun dancing to Afrobeats hits, that you won’t even realize the calories you’ll be burning out! Hurricane Ghana class on Friday is FREE and open to the public. There are limited number of spots. Space is limited. Register ONLINE or OVER THE PHONE (757-499-0317) to get your spot. Doors will open Friday at 5:30pm. The class will begin at 6:30pm.

Doors open noon Saturday and Sunday at 1pm.

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PRESENTED IN PART WITH

Chantae Cann

top Billboard jazz singer

November 02, 2019

Main Stage Theater

Influences like Bobby McFerrin, Haitus Kyote, Chaka Khan and countless others help shape the sounds that you hear throughout her music. Chantae’s music blends the exploratory sounds of Jazz with the feel good vibes of Soul, which makes for a mixture that is quite enticing. It is her heart’s desire to simply inspire, uplift and encourage the lives of others through music.

Chantae Cann is the charismatic influence with a voice that transcends through time. With the release of her debut album “Journey to Golden” in March 2016 at #1 on the iTunes Jazz Charts and #7 on the Jazz Billboard Charts. Chantae Cann’s second studio album (Sol Empowered) released on October 13, 2017 earned the #8 spot on the Jazz Billboard Charts.

 

Grotesquerie Lake

A New Musical by James Rubio

November 01, 2019 to November 03, 2019

Studio Theater

Music and Lyrics by James Rubio
Book by James Rubio and Chris Hanna

When the carnival comes to Youngstown in the summer of 1976, aspiring magician Frank gets drawn into the enchanted world behind the curtains. His skills in the shooting galleries makes him a hero to the barkers, carnies, and townspeople as it simultaneously makes him a marked man in the eyes of the wizard behind the carnival’s trickery. With a catchy score influenced by ’70s music and art song in equal measure, Grotesquerie Lake is a fantastical story that reminds us to never lose focus- despite the distractions- while always remaining true to your vision.

This will be a Workshop Production; the actors may refer to scripts, there will be fairly complete costumes, and theatrical lighting.

Masquerade

presented by Ballet Virginia

October 25, 2019 to October 26, 2019

Main Stage Theater

Active Duty, Senior and Student Discount tickets are available ONLY at the box office with a valid ID.

This entertaining Halloween-themed production will be the debut of Ballet Virginia’s professional company. Masquerade will showcase a pas de deux choreographed by Jaquelyn Long, which was originally performed by the Houston Ballet as well as original works from our artistic directors, resident choreographer and company members. People of all ages will enjoy this eclectic program.

Presented by

Plan B Comedy Stand Up Showcase

Local Stand Up Comedy

October 25, 2019

Studio Theater

Join us in the Studio Theater for a Stand Up Comedy show, featuring talented local comedians and hosted by Plan B Comedy.

About Plan B Comedy:

Plan B Comedy is very proud to be the resident comedy group at The Z. Performing regularly in both the Studio and the Main Stage, Plan B Comedy provides a high energy, fast paced and exciting experience to audiences of all ages. Plan B Comedy’s brand is “FUN” and it shows.

The Thick Dark Fog & Badger Creek

Documentary Film

October 19, 2019

Main Stage Theater

The Thick Dark Fog:

Walter Littlemoon attended a federal Indian boarding school in South Dakota sixty years ago. The mission of many of these schools in 1950, was still to “kill the Indian and save the man.” The children were not allowed to be Indians – to speak their language or express their culture or native identity in any way at the risk of being severely beaten, humiliated or abused. What effects did these actions cause? Many Native people, like Walter, lived with this unresolved trauma into adulthood, acting it out through alcoholism and domestic violence. At age 58, Walter decided to write and publish his memoirs as a way to explain his past abusive behaviors to his estranged children. But dealing with the memories of his boarding school days nearly put an end to the project. The Thick Dark Fog tells the story of how Walter confronted the “thick dark fog” of his past so that he could heal himself and his community.

Badger Creek:

Badger Creek is a half-hour documentary portrait of a Blackfeet (Pikuni) family, the Mombergs, who live on the lower Blackfeet Reservation in Montana near the banks of Badger Creek. In addition to running a prosperous ranching business, they practice a traditional Blackfeet cultural lifestyle that sustains and nourishes them, including sending their children to a Blackfeet language immersion school, participating in Blackfeet spiritual ceremonies and maintaining a Blackfeet worldview. The film takes us through a year in the life of the family, and through four seasons of the magnificent and traditional territory of the Pikuni Nation.

More on Badger Creek, click here

On Screen/In Person tours independent American filmmakers to communities across the mid-Atlantic region to screen their recent work and increase accessibility and appreciation for film through direct audience engagement.

Presented with support from:

It Came from the Toybox

Presented by Children's Theater of Hampton Roads

October 19, 2019

Studio Theater

Written by Anton Five

Directed by Mike Burnette

Nothing very exciting ever happens to Danny; certainly nothing out of the ordinary. Visiting the grandparents’ house doesn’t seem like it would be very exciting, and adventure is the last thing on Danny’s mind- but then finding an old diary and a mysterious toy box in the attic certainly is curious. A diary that describes odd things happening around the house- like raining indoors and talking toys! None of this could be real, could it? Join CTHR this October for an exciting new play full of silly, colorful characters, on a family vacation that gets even weirder than expected! What’s the worst that can happen when the imagination literally runs wild? Find out when you open the Toy Box!… but let’s open it together, okay? “Toybox” offers enough tomfoolery and terrific fun for any tot! Just in time for Halloween.

(Appropriate for all ages, best enjoyed by those four and up)

TasteBreakers: The Fuzz Band

the music scene's happy hour

October 18, 2019

Studio Theater

Introducing TasteBreakers, the music scene’s happy hour. Pop over to The Z after work to hear our favorite music trendsetters and have a drink on us with your ticket purchase! Let TasteBreakers be your low cost, high entertainment happy hour. You just might find your new favorite band.

On October 18, we welcome, The Fuzz Band! The Fuzz Band, whose sound is a fusion of Urban & Rock music, met and formed while attending Hampton University. The nine-piece band is comprised of 3 vocalists, drums, percussion, keys, guitar, horn and bass, was originally created as the house band for Fuzzy Wednesday. Spanning over 20 years, it is Virginia’s longest running open mic. The band soon began collaborating on original music and developing their own sound. Performing first at local venues and colleges, the band soon released Without Boundaries, followed by Collision, Change, a Change of the Guards and a self-titled EP. Several years, multiple albums, and three USO world tours later, the band continues to shine.

Locally, the band has won multiple awards as Best R&B, Best Live Performer, and Best Song & Album recipients.  Nationally, The Fuzz Band was featured in the Hollywood Issue of Black Enterprise Magazine, and has received nods in Rolling Stone and in Spin Magazine for their Chrysler Jeep Campaign.

Bryan Bowers Band

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

October 11, 2019

Studio Theater

For over five decades, Bryan Bowers has been to the autoharp what Earl Scruggs was to the five-string banjo. He presents instrumental virtuosity combined with warmth, eloquence, expression and professionalism.

Bower’s creativity and talent have won him inductions into Frets Magazine’s First Gallery of the Greats, as well as being the first living member inducted into the Autoharp Hall of Fame after Maybelle Carter, Kilby Snow, and Sara Carter. Master of the Autoharp, singer/songwriter, and riveting storyteller, Bryan has teamed up with two multi-talented musicians, Danny Knicely (world class Virginian mandolinist, guitarist, and mandocellist) and Geoff Goodhue (New England based singer and multi-instrumentalist) to create American folk and mountain music at its finest.

Danny Knicely is a multi-talented musician and music producer from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. He is constantly active, performing and recording his own music and working with other musicians and dancers. As a multi-instrumentalist, Danny has won many awards for his mandolin, guitar, and fiddle expertise, including first place in the mandolin contest at the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Danny has the chameleon-like ability to blend into almost any musical situation and has appeared with many top performers of Bluegrass, Old-time, Swing, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Folk, Latin, Country, Irish, Americana, and World Music

Geoff Goodhue took up violin at age 5 and went on to graduate from Ohio University in 2004 with a B.F.A. in Percussion Performance. Now living in New Hampshire, Geoff sings and plays mandolin with Beg, Steal or Borrow who performed at the 2017 Grey Fox Festival. He also serves as drummer for the Vermont Vaudeville house band. Geoff’s family outfit, The Goodhues Band, was featured at the 2016 Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering. As a member of Athens Ohio’s Realbilly Jive, Geoff recorded drums on J.D. Hutchison’s You and the World Outside, released on Howdy Skies Records last September with Tim O’Brien. The band performed on Mountain Stage last January.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

Proteus Festival 2019

Music, Theater, and Film!

October 08, 2019 to October 13, 2019

SEE THE FULL SCHEDULE!

The Z’s annual Proteus Festival is a multi-day celebration of creative experiences. The Proteus artists present over forty performances in six days and foster the creation of a dozen new works. The Z becomes a continual hub of new experiences. The unique, the unknown, and the unforgettable take the stage in an explosion of Protean spirit in Neptune’s city.

Proteus Festival serves all creative arts, but highlights three in particular: music, theater, and film. 

Proteus Festival:Theater begins in the Studio Theater the evening of Tuesday, 8 October, with the debut of a new work from one of The Z’s American Dreamwrights Workshop playwrights. Each evening following sees another debut as four new stage works see their first presentation. On Saturday the four works are presented serially, one after the other, in a true festival-style day. Proteus Festival’s lead theater artist, CORE Theatre Ensemble, caps off the festival with a performance of their 45-minute one-act play, The Yellow Wallpaper, at 7:30 that evening.

Proteus Festival:Film kicks off on Wednesday, 9 October at our partner venue, Regal Cinemas Columbus. The film festival highlights local and regional filmmakers, presenting a mix of feature-length and short films in a number of screenings through Saturday. Proteus Festival:Film closes Saturday evening, with the presentation of both an Audience and a Jury award for “Best of Proteus,” and an encore screening of the audience favorite.

Proteus Festival:Music has its downbeat at 7:30 on Friday, 11 October in the Main Stage. The music festival features the new & unusual in music, performing one after the other in a true festival atmosphere. Eight performances on the Main Stage from Friday through Saturday are complemented by other musicians throughout The Z and elsewhere.

At the heart of Proteus Festival are the Creative Teams. The Creative Teams come together at The Z the evening of Thursday, 10 October. Over the next three days, they create new works in their chosen discipline– music, theater, or film– and debut their new creations on Sunday afternoon on the Main Stage. On Saturday afternoon, last year’s winners will be featured in the same space.

The Plan B Comedy Show

Hilarious, Fast Paced, Fun!

October 05, 2019

Studio Theater

Join us at The Z and see our resident comedy company deliver their very own unique, fast paced and always funny Comedy Show.

About Plan B Comedy:

Plan B Comedy is very proud to be the resident comedy group at The Z. Performing regularly in both the Studio and the Main Stage, Plan B Comedy provides a high energy, fast paced and exciting experience to audiences of all ages. Plan B Comedy’s brand is “FUN” and it shows.

Jae Sinnett Trio featuring Ellis Marsalis

swinging jazz trio

October 05, 2019

Main Stage Theater

VIP TICKETS INCLUDE PREFERRED SEATING AND A MEET AND GREET WITH JAE AND ELLIS!

The Jae Sinnett Trio featuring jazz icon Ellis Marsalis will bring a swingin’ good time to The Z! Ellis Marsalis, the patriarch of the esteemed Marsalis family, is a soulful and esteemed pianist, and one of the great jazz educators of our time. Mr Marsalis, now 86 years old and semi-retired, taught at VCU for several years and is reuniting with Sinnett for this very special performance. This once in a lifetime musical experience will feature a variety of well-loved standards and will highlight original compositions by Ellis himself. Get your tickets today as this is an evening you don’t want to miss!

 

Guy Bavli: Master of the Mind

mentalist

September 28, 2019

Main Stage Theater

Come join the award winning mentalist Guy Bavli on his journey into the mysteries of the human mind.  You will enjoy an evening of telekinesis, humor, ESP, and interactive audience participation that’ll have you buzzing long after the final curtain call. Everyone who participates will be mesmerized as Guy demonstrates how the mind can overcome all.  You will see how Guy can read your mind, predict your actions, and move objects without touching. Incredible mathematical abilities and even making a couple Telepathically connected in a way never seen before.  You will laugh, be inspired and you will be amazed.

For over 30 years the GUY Bavli has been featured in over 400 television shows, performed in 50 countries and has headlined at some of the most prestigious venues around the world, including 1200 shows at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Bavli consistently delivers an interactive entertainment experience that will knock you off your socks with his belly-laughing humor, and amazing feats of the mind.  Come and join us for a night of Psychic fun!
Leave your logic at the door… and take a walk on the Mind Side!   Guy Bavli – Master of the Mind®

Testimonials:

“Blew my mind…”Miami New Times

“Guy is a Master in Mind over Matter control…” – Uri Geller

“A Great night of Fun and Mystery…” – Examiner.com Entertainment.

 

Plan B Comedy Stand Up Showcase

Local Stand Up Comedy

September 27, 2019

Studio Theater

Join us in the Studio Theater for a Stand Up Comedy show, featuring talented local comedians and hosted by Plan B Comedy.

About Plan B Comedy:

Plan B Comedy is very proud to be the resident comedy group at The Z. Performing regularly in both the Studio and the Main Stage, Plan B Comedy provides a high energy, fast paced and exciting experience to audiences of all ages. Plan B Comedy’s brand is “FUN” and it shows.

The Interpreters

Documentary Film

September 14, 2019

Main Stage Theater

Co-Directors: Andrés Caballero and Sofian Khan

Iraqi and Afghan interpreters were key to the U.S. war effort, but now many face danger in their countries because of their work. The Interpreters follows the lives of a chain-smoking Iraqi codenamed “Phillip Morris” who was able to make it to the U.S. with the help of an American soldier, an Afghan called Malik who is still working as an active interpreter at the U.S. base in Kabul despite threats to his life, and an Afghan named Mujtaba who fled with his family as refugees to Turkey, as they work to rebuild their lives.]

www.interpreterdoc.com

On Screen/In Person tours independent American filmmakers to communities across the mid-Atlantic region to screen their recent work and increase accessibility and appreciation for film through direct audience engagement.

Presented with support from:

I’ll Huff & I’ll Puff: The Absolutely True Story of the Big Bad Wolf

Presented by Children's Theater of Hampton Roads

September 14, 2019

Studio Theater

Written by Scott Quirk

One of CTHR’s most beloved productions is back! You think you know the story. Pigs. Houses. Red Cloaks. Taking baskets to Grandma’s house. But you’ve never heard the real story – until now! Boss Beulah Bell (a proper Southern pig) is in charge of a little patch of countryside in the Fairytale Woods. But for Beulah, being the star of The Three Little Pigs isn’t enough. With the help of her dimwitted daughter Petaline and a well-intentioned want-ad Wolf, she plans to alter all the fairytales beyond repair.

With the help of the audience, Petaline Prunella Pig and Wyoming Wolf (a.k.a. The Big Bad) vie to stop Beulah in her quest to change the fairytales as we know them into new works, such as “The Little Pig-maid”, “Pig-nocchio”, and “Snow Pig and the Seven Dwarves”. An engaging and interactive production that will entertain the youngest audience members, the seasoned theatre-goers, and everyone in between!

(Appropriate for all ages, best enjoyed by those four and up)

The Plan B Comedy Show

Hilarious, Fast Paced, Fun!

September 07, 2019

Studio Theater

Join us at The Z and see our resident comedy company deliver their very own unique, fast paced and always funny Comedy Show.

About Plan B Comedy:

Plan B Comedy is very proud to be the resident comedy group at The Z. Performing regularly in both the Studio and the Main Stage, Plan B Comedy provides a high energy, fast paced and exciting experience to audiences of all ages. Plan B Comedy’s brand is “FUN” and it shows.

Daze of Summer

Urban Astronauts & Brasii

August 31, 2019

Studio Theater

Close to 2 million residents currently stay in the Hampton Roads area, yet countless amounts of Business and Arts ideas are lost to lack of opportunity and representation. Hampton Roads is calling for our attention. Our mission is to create opportunities to put these ideas on center stage. August 31st, at the Zeiders American Dream Theater, we put a stand to these issues with our joint music and fashion show, titled “Daze of Summer”.Together we can help craft these ideas into reality, and increase cultural currency in our respective markets! You are invited to be a part of a local initiative to enhance the Cultural Creativity & Business Awareness of Hampton Roads!

ALL ages Welcome!

Cocktail & Vendor Hour 7:00 – 8:30p.m
D.O.S Show 8:30- 10:30
Post Show Networking 10:30-11:00

For more information, please visit: dazeofsummer.com

Creative Office Hours

Networking Night

August 28, 2019

This Summer Creative Office Hours will take the form of a Networking Night! This is a chance for you to do some industry peer-to-peer networking as well as talk with our Community Liaison and Marketing Director. We will have some fun ways to get the conversations going for you to share your creative ideas and find ways to expand on them and collaborate with other creative folks in our community.

Our bar will be open with beer & wine, as well as a specialty summer cocktail!

Come and join us.  Did we mention it’s FREE!

VB Comedy Fest

12 Hours of Stand Up, Improv, and Sketch Comedy

August 24, 2019

Main Stage Theater, Studio Theater

Ever dream of taking the stand-up mic yourself? Or impersonating a meatball as your friend becomes a plate of spaghetti?  How about laughing your socks off at a comedy sketch outside of the confines of a dark, seedy bar with a two-drink minimum?  Or hearing from an ol’comedy pro and how they got started in the business?  If any of this appeals to you then The Z’s VB Comedy Fest is for you!


VB Comedy Fest is a festival that celebrates comedy in all its forms.  Stand Up, Improv, and Sketch… you name it, we wanna laugh at it.  A festival that provides participants the opportunity to see what our local performers have to offer as well as our friends from outside the Hampton Roads area.  With workshops and performances, a festival that welcomes uniqueness and collaboration among its performers and festival goers.

VIBES Open Mic

with Teens With A Purpose

August 21, 2019

Studio Theater

Witness the power of expression at VIBES Open Mic!

Lyrical Lounge

at the Z

August 16, 2019

Studio Theater

Spend an evening in the Lyrical Lounge – a unique listening room experience enhanced by sincere stories and candid connection. Sit back and enjoy as locally celebrated songwriters draw back the curtain on the meaning behind their most personal songs. With a diverse mixture of genres and styles each time, Jonah Grinkewitz and Skye Zentz have created a series to spark organic discussion, discovery and a presentation of accomplished Songwriters in a laid back but focused environment.

The Plan B Comedy Show

Improv Comedy Show

August 03, 2019

Studio Theater

Plan B Comedy is ready for the Summer. So join us at The Z and see our resident comedy company deliver their very own unique, fast-paced and always funny Comedy Show.

About Plan B Comedy:

Plan B Comedy is very proud to be the resident comedy group at The Z. Performing regularly in both the Studio and the Main Stage, Plan B Comedy provides a high energy, fast paced and exciting experience to audiences of all ages. Plan B Comedy’s brand is “FUN” and it shows.

Bagels & Fraylox Klezmer Band

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

July 28, 2019

The Bagels & Fraylox Klezmer Band is a favorite of klezmer fans throughout southeastern Virginia and of countless music lovers who never heard (or heard of) klezmer before encountering this “band with the strange name.” Two simple ingredients make Bagels & Fraylox irresistible: A repertoire of exciting party music from a Jewish tradition that has wide influences and universal appeal, and an infectious performance style full of energy and zest.

Klezmer is a lively mixture of wedding and party music of 19th century Eastern Europe with strains of Yiddish theater and American dance band music of the early 1900s. But it borrows freely from gypsy tunes, Middle Eastern music and other sources as diverse as American folk music and rock ‘n roll. All of those influences come out in Bagels & Fraylox concerts. A traditional wedding march from one hundred years ago in Russia or a schmaltzy tune from Yiddish theater – even Broadway’s “Fiddler on the Roof” – may lead into a rock-flavored Middle Eastern rave-up that has audience members dancing in the aisles.

The Williamsburg-based band performs often at community cultural events and coffeehouses as well as weddings, bar mitzvahs and other parties. The ensemble features two clarinets, tenor saxophone, accordion, bass, drums and other percussion.

The name “Bagels & Fraylox” is a play on bagels and lox, the bread-and-smoked-salmon delicacy that has a place of honor in Jewish cuisine. The name also plays with the Yiddish word “frailach,” which is a merry tune for a happy time, or the happy time itself.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

The Plan B Comedy Show

A Stand Up Comedy Show!

July 27, 2019

Get some Summer laughs with Stand Up Comedy at The Z.  Join us in the Main Stage Theater for a Stand Up Comedy show, featuring talented local comedians and hosted by Plan B Comedy.

$15 Tickets in Advance

$20 Tickets one hour prior to show

About Plan B Comedy:

Plan B Comedy is very proud to be the resident comedy group at The Z. Performing regularly in both the Studio and the Main Stage, Plan B Comedy provides a high energy, fast paced and exciting experience to audiences of all ages. Plan B Comedy’s brand is “FUN” and it shows.

Brontë

By Polly Teale

July 26, 2019 to July 28, 2019

Presented by Inspire Collaborative

Brontë is the third installment in Polly Teale’s exploration into the lives of the Brontë sisters. It was first produced in 2003 by Shared Experience, and revived by the same company in 2010 at the Watermill Theatre, in Newbury.

 

The play opens with three actresses discussing the Brontë sisters, slowly putting on the clothing and personalities of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne. In a non-linear timeline, they reveal the moments that influenced their gothic classics. The events of the play take place over many years, recounting the fall of their brother Branwell, the undying faith of their father Patrick, and the small influences of the other men who inspired the heroes and villains of their novels. It is a story of desire, passion, jealousy, and the struggle between what we want most and what we know we must be.

The Plan B Comedy Show

Improv Comedy Show

July 20, 2019

Plan B Comedy is ready for the Summer. So join us at The Z and see our resident comedy company deliver their very own unique, fast paced and always funny Comedy Show.

$15 Tickets in Advance

$18 Tickets one hour prior to show

About Plan B Comedy:

Plan B Comedy is very proud to be the resident comedy group at The Z. Performing regularly in both the Studio and the Main Stage, Plan B Comedy provides a high energy, fast paced and exciting experience to audiences of all ages. Plan B Comedy’s brand is “FUN” and it shows.

The Word

AN OPEN MIC FOR POETS, STORYTELLERS AND FABULISTS

July 18, 2019

The Word is in collaboration with Zeiders American Dream Theater, The Muse Writers Center, Hampton Roads Writers, and Tidewater Writers.
 
The Word welcomes diverse voices and fans of poetry, spoken word, and all forms of creative writing. We encourage all ages and backgrounds to come together and share in the mutual adoration of words. The Z provides a platform for writers to share their work while fostering a comfortable, laid-back, and encouraging atmosphere. This is your chance to take the mic! Read your own work or share a favorite.
 
Admission is a suggested $5 donation. Those looking to speak/perform may sign up at the door. Please limit your performance to 5 minutes. Limited spots!

 

Creative Office Hours

Networking Night

July 17, 2019

This Summer Creative Office Hours will take the form of a Networking Night! This is a chance for you to do some industry peer-to-peer networking as well as talk with our Community Liaison and Marketing Director. We will have some fun ways to get the conversations going for you to share your creative ideas and find ways to expand on them and collaborate with other creative folks in our community.

Our bar will be open with beer & wine, as well as a specialty summer cocktail!  And we will raffle off 2 tickets to our VB ComedyFest coming this August!

Come and join us.  Did we mention it’s FREE!

The Plan B Comedy Show

A Stand Up Comedy Show!

July 13, 2019

Get some Summer laughs with Stand Up Comedy at The Z. Join us in the Studio Theatre for a Stand Up Comedy show, featuring talented local comedians and hosted by Plan B Comedy.

$10 Tickets in Advance

$15 Tickets one hour prior to show

About Plan B Comedy:

Plan B Comedy is very proud to be the resident comedy group at The Z. Performing regularly in both the Studio and the Main Stage, Plan B Comedy provides a high energy, fast paced and exciting experience to audiences of all ages. Plan B Comedy’s brand is “FUN” and it shows.

Race Let’s Talk About It…Through Song

FREE COMMUNITY EVENT

July 13, 2019

PLEASE NOTE:
This show will take place at
Joint Use Library
1700 College Crescent
Virginia Beach, VA 23453

WHRO and Zeiders American Dream Theatre partner with the City of Virginia Beach Department of Cultural Affairs’ VBGIGs series to present the next

Race Let’s Talk About It…

Join us for music and great conversation, with an expert panel, as we take a musical journey from America to the Caribbean and other African-influenced countries as we examine songs that we sing.

Songs, music, and musical instruments with little thought to the true meaning of the lyrics and history behind them…and answer the question, “Are certain songs yet another way to keep us divided?”

Hosted by Lisa Godley, producer of WHRO’s Another View

Performed by Teddy Holmes and Sibel Galindez

With Special Guests Dr. Anthony Hailey of Mosaic Steel Orchestra and Joe Harmon Music Director at I.C. Norcom High School, Portsmouth

In partnership with

Seating is limited so registration is strongly encouraged.  Click this link to register.

The Plan B Comedy Show

Improv Comedy Show

July 06, 2019

Plan B Comedy is ready for the Summer. So join us at The Z and see our resident comedy company deliver their very own unique, fast paced and always funny Comedy Show.

$15 Tickets in Advance

$18 Tickets one hour prior to show

About Plan B Comedy:

Plan B Comedy is very proud to be the resident comedy group at The Z. Performing regularly in both the Studio and the Main Stage, Plan B Comedy provides a high energy, fast paced and exciting experience to audiences of all ages. Plan B Comedy’s brand is “FUN” and it shows.

Radio Jarocho

Destination Date Night

June 28, 2019

The inaugural season of Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department’s  Globally Inspired Gatherings (VB GIGs) kicks off at The Z with a Destination Date Night featuring Radio Jarocho. This acclaimed band recreates the communal and spirited atmosphere of the traditional Fandango celebrations of Veracruz, Mexico. Fandango festivities fuse music, dance, poetry, and social engagement in lively community gatherings. The program is presented in collaboration with the Celebrate Mexico Now! Festival.

Radio Jarocho has been enchanting audiences all over the U.S. since their debut in 2005. Formed in New York with members from Mexico City, California and even Columbia, their band is a representation of the global spread of Son Jarocho music and the art of Fandango. Acclaimed for reviving the Son Jarocho musical style in the US for a new generation (Son Jarocho was popularized by Ritchie Valens and Los Lobos), Radio Jarocho has been featured in New York City’s famed Winter JazzFest and Celebrate Mexico Now! Festival. As the foremost presenters of Son Jarocho and Fandango gatherings on the East Coast, Radio Jarocho recently completed an extended artistic partnership with Zenen Zeferino of Jaltipán, Veracruz resulting in a critically acclaimed new album: Rios De Norte Y Sur.  Hailed by Paste Magazine, NPR, and AM New York, Radio Jarocho appearances include The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Le Poisson Rouge, Celebrate Mexico Now Festival, and many more.

Ticket price includes tasting stations of Veracruz-inspired culinary delights by Yummy Goodness, cash bar and general admission to the performance. This is a participatory performance with audience space primarily for dancing, limited open seating will be available around the perimeter of the studio theater for periodic breaks. 

Doors open 6:00pm, Tastings 6:30pm-7:30pm, Showtime 6:30pm-8:15pm with brief set break.

An Evening with Kate Mulgrew

Sponsored by Entercom

June 27, 2019

Spend an evening with award-winning actor and author Kate Mulgrew at Zeiders American Dream Theater in Virginia Beach Town Center on June 27th! This is a unique and exclusive experience to meet Kate Mulgrew, best known for her roles of Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager and Galina “Red” Reznikov on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black.

This will be an intimate evening where Kate will speak and read passages from her new book How to Forget:  A Daughter’s Memoir, followed by a Q&A session and book signing.

**All attendees will receive a signed copy of the book, enjoy lite appetizers and drinks **

General Admission – $60.00
Entry for one (1)
One (1) “How to Forget:  A Daughter’s Memoir” Book & Signing

★VIP – $100.00★
Entry for one (1)
One (1) “How to Forget:  A Daughter’s Memoir” Book & Signing
Pre-event Meet & Greet and picture

Sponsored By

Hall of Fame Hoops

Presented by Virginia Sports Hall of Fame

June 26, 2019

41 seasons as a NCAA Division-I head coach, 786 wins, and a lifetime of memories. Join the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Sports Inside and Out, as we celebrate the illustrious career of Virginia’s own Lefty Driesell, with Hall of Fame Hoops.

Wednesday June 26, the Hall invites you to Zeiders American Dream Theater in Town Center of Virginia Beach, for an evening with the Hall of Fame coach and other legends of the game including, Charlie Scott, Tom McMillen, Keith Gatlin and more!

Coach Driesell is a 1995 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee, and a 2018 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. He has always taken an unfiltered approach when talking about life and basketball, and Hall of Fame Hoops promises to be no different.

Tickets are $20.00 plus 10% Admission Tax fee 

Hall of Fame Hoops is part of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame’s 2019 Program and Events Series, presented by Priority Automotive Group, The Priority Toyota Charity Bowl, and Priorities for Change. Additional partners include Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development,  Optima Health, White Claw Hard Seltzer, Riesbeck Contracting, W.F. Magann Corporation, AdImpact Marketing, and the Ping Pong for Charity Foundation.

PLEASE NOTE: FLEX PASSES AND OTHER DISCOUNTS CANNOT BE USED FOR THIS PRODUCTION

Plan B Comedy: Gets A Rock

A Comedy Variety Show

June 22, 2019

Come see our very own resident comedy company deliver their unique brand of funny.  Plan B Comedy will be ready to rock the house with sketches, videos, improv games and who knows what else in their one of a kind Comedy Variety show!

$15 online

$18 at the door

*Door Price goes into effect 1 hour before show starts. 

Darrell Scott

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

June 16, 2019

Nationally Known Singer and Songwriter.

In His Own Words…

Vibration

blame it on the sound of putting my ear to the shoulder
of my dad’s 50’s gibson acoustic guitar when i was 4-
i heard the vibration in the wood in my ear on my face –
it wasn’t what i played – i couldn’t “play” (but, i could play)
and i was transported by the s o u n d
and how it made me feel – how it took my attention
and dropped it right into that magic box
– it vibrated ME – it was a perfectly private moment
  try it sometime

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

Works In Progress

Selections of Scenes

June 13, 2019 to June 14, 2019

The Z is excited to present our newest program in “The Hatchery” series, Works in Progress. Three of our resident playwrights are teaming with local actors and directors in presenting complete scenes from new pieces. The works in development range from comic to dramatic, and each scene is completely staged- not a script in hand! There are two chances to support these new works as we develop them into full-length theater pieces, 13 & 14 June at The Z’s Studio Theater.

Modern Speakeasy

A Creative Evening

June 08, 2019

The Fun: The evening will feature a Jazz Lounge (in our Studio Theater) with live music, opportunities to help create a piece of visual art with local artist Christopher Revels of “Walking Houses”, the chance to help choose the musical lineup so you can dance to your favorite song while sipping a signature Speakeasy Cocktail, and the chance to flex your creative muscles by choosing what hijinks Plan B, our resident comedy troupe, will do on the Main Stage after dinner.

The Food: We want to welcome our soon to be new neighbors, TASTE,to the neighborhood, so we partnered to put together a fantastic dinner menu which will be served on King’s Tables family style in the Main Stage Lobby. With food this good, a fantastic June evening overlooking Town Center, and delightful company – it will be an evening to remember!

The Show: After Dinner our Artistic Team has put together a showcase on the Main Stage of local talent and Live Auction items that put Creativity and Community front and center, just like they are in our mission. This also includes a sneak peak of what will be going on at The Z next season!

After: Don’t worry, we will have an Afterparty in the Main Lobby with desserts and more cocktails, so everyone can hang out and keep the community flowing.

Tickets: $100
Party of 6 Sponsorship: $900
Party of 8 Sponsorship: $1,200
Main Stage Sponsor (includes 16 tickets): $5,000
Jazz Lounge Sponsor (includes 8 tickets): $ 3,000
Dinner Sponsor (includes 8 tickets:) $3,000

*Check-in at front lobby starting at 6pm.

The Z is a non-profit organization and the price of your ticket or sponsorships is a tax deductible donation minus the cost of food and beverages.

PLEASE NOTE: FLEX PASSES, VOUCHERS AND OTHER DISCOUNTS CANNOT BE USED FOR THIS PRODUCTION

Coffee At Our House

Variety Hour at The Z

June 02, 2019

Creativity comes in all forms at this community infused variety show!

Please join us for our Preview to Proteus! The Z opened its doors last October celebrating Creativity & Community with our inaugural Proteus Festival! We want to give everyone a chance to see the new works that were created right here in our own community from that festival. Please join us and enjoy a NEW PLAY, NEW FILMS and NEW SONGS all from the participants in last year’s Proteus Festival at The Z!

See what Proteus Festival is about!

We are asking everyone to bring granola bars & Gatorade for the Virginia Beach Police Department. We will be sharing their Lip Sync Video and hearing from them on making that video.

Hosted by Sibel Galindez

For more information email [email protected]

Suggested donation of $5.

 

Plan B Comedy: Legally Obligated

A Comedy Variety Show

May 25, 2019

Come see our very own resident comedy company deliver their unique brand of funny.  Plan B Comedy will be ready to rock the house with sketches, videos, improv games and who knows what else in their one of a kind Comedy Variety show!

$15 online

$18 at the door

*Door Price goes into effect 1 hour before show starts. 

Ranky Tanky

Gullah Music of the Carolina Coast

May 25, 2019

Ranky Tanky released their eponymous debut on Oct. 20th, 2017.  By December of that year, the group had been been profiled on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and their album soared to the #1 position on the Billboard, I-Tunes, and Amazon Jazz Charts.    

“Gullah” comes from West African language and means “a people blessed by God.” “Ranky Tanky” translates loosely as “Work It,” or “Get Funky!” In this spirit this Charleston, SC based quintet performs timeless music of Gullah culture born in the southeastern Sea Island region of the United States. From playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies, the musical roots of Charleston, SC are “rank” and fertile ground from which these contemporary artists are grateful to have grown. 

South Carolina natives Quentin Baxter, Kevin Hamilton, Charlton Singleton, and Clay Ross first came together in 1998, fresh out of University, to form a seminal Charleston jazz quartet. Now, united by years apart and a deeper understanding of home, these accomplished artists have come together again, joined by one of the low-country’s most celebrated vocalists Quiana Parler, to revive a “Heartland of American Music” born in their own backyards.

Take One

Screenwriters Workshop

May 22, 2019

Join us for TAKE ONE – The Z’s Screenwriters Workshop! Four local screenwriters are selected to have excerpts from their most recent work performed by actors for the first time! With the guidance of Diane Fine, screenwriting instructor at The Muse and ODU, & Sibel Galindez, The Z’s Community Liaison, this workshop is an opportunity for writers in the developmental stages of their work to hear and see their pages come to life. Talk Back following each screenplay excerpt.  It is sure to be a night of fun, entertainment, & extraordinary creative exchange!

Suggested Donation $5

PLEASE NOTE: FLEX PASSES AND OTHER DISCOUNTS CANNOT BE USED FOR THIS PRODUCTION

757 Pitch

7 Minutes 5 Pitches

May 21, 2019

757Pitch is Hampton Roads, Virginia’s premier bi-monthly open competition for new, high-growth business ideas. 7 minutes of pitch time is given to each of 5 teams. The winner is awarded $757 and access to the resources of the Old Dominion University’s Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship to help develop their idea into a marketable solution, and turn that solution into a sustainable business. Do you qualify? Check out our general rules. If you are up to the challenge – apply, it is completely free, no hidden charges.

SUGGESTED DONATION $5

Chasing Mother Goose

presented by Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

May 18, 2019

Written by Jessica Brooke Pinsky, Directed by Scott Quirk

The venerable poet Mother Goose currently presides over a library that houses every piece of literature in existence. Day and night she does her best to keep order and ensure peace among the shelves. But even under her no-nonsense watch, the books have a tendency to get out of hand. On a seemingly quiet night, the mad Hatter from Wonderland shows up, and when a copy of Moby Dick is returned with pages missing, Captain Ahab also arrives – to wreak vengeance on the creature that took his leg!

Mother Goose and the Hatter have no choice but to comb the other books for Ahab’s missing pages and put him back together before the library opens in the morning, all the while fleeing the amnesic Ahab on his misguided mission! This hilariously creative play, rich with audience interaction, literary celebrities, and touching moments, will delight audiences of all ages.

This play is appropriate for audiences of all ages, best enjoyed by those four years and up

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

Cocktail Hour: The Show

by Ballets with a Twist

May 18, 2019 to May 19, 2019

See the Mai Tai, Martini, Manhattan and more spring off the menu and onto the stage in this electrifying production from New York City. Cocktail Hour: The Show reinvents the glamour and excitement of classic entertainment with a 21st-century flair, capturing the timeless American spirit in a series of dazzling vignettes. This sparkling mix of original choreography, music and design is high-style fun for all ages to enjoy.

“Blasting the boundaries between high art and entertainment.” — The Huffington Post

“Inventive.” — ​The Wall Street Journal

“Sexy, brainy, and elegant.” — Dance Informa

Dennis Stroughmatt et l’Esprit Creole

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

May 18, 2019

A Cajun Creole Honkytonk Party!

Creole Stomp has captured the ears and the feet of Louisiana music fans across North America. Led by French-speaking Creole fiddler and accordionist Dennis Stroughmatt, Creole Stomp keeps listeners enthralled and dancers moving on the floor with a rollicking mix of contemporary blues, swamp pop, and traditional Cajun and zydeco dance tunes.

Creole Stomp shows have become legendary for the heart and passion conveyed from the stage—music with emotion and energy that literally jumps from the band. In fact, over the years the band has become informally known as “The Grateful Dead of Creole Music,” for their well-oiled, dancer-driven, crowd-pleasing marathon jams and improvisation. Traditional Louisiana Cajun two-steps, reels, and waltzes sizzle in the stew along with Creole blues and mazurkas.

A favorite on the Cajun-zydeco dance circuit, the band has also become a celebrated fixture at venues around the United States, ranging from park concerts and theaters to folk and blues festivals. No matter the venue, wherever they come from, and wherever they go, Creole Stomp is a band that knows how to throw a Louisiana party!

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

Changing the Game

Presented by Virginia Sports Hall of Fame

May 15, 2019

The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, and the Coastal Virginia chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) invite you to attend Changing the Game; a discussion on Mental Health and Sports.

Mental illness knows no boundaries, and those in the sporting world are not immune. Many high profile athletes have publicly discussed their personal struggles with mental health. The Hall of Fame and NAMI want to continue to decrease the stigma associated with mental illness.

As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, Changing the Game will provide first hand stories of struggle and strength, clinical perspective on how sports organizations are addressing the issue, and what is being done on the legislative front to improve awareness and education. Attendees will hear from former athletes, current clinical professionals, and local and state legislators.

Much has been done in recent years to break down barriers, however the stigma still remains. Changing the Game is another step in the process of fostering a conversation on mental health, and providing an educational resource to the public to better understand this complex issue.

Changing the Game is part of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame’s 2019 Program and Events Series, presented by Priority Automotive Group, The Priority Toyota Charity Bowl, and Priorities for Change. Additional partners include Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development,  Optima Health, White Claw Hard Seltzer, Riesbeck Contracting, W.F. Magann Corporation, AdImpact Marketing, and the Ping Pong for Charity Foundation.

About the Speakers

Eugene Holloman – Author of, The Athlete-Student, and former James Madison University running back

Aaron Rouse – Current Virginia Beach City Councilman, former Virginia Tech and NFL defensive back

Delegate Cheryl Turpin – Representing the 85th District from Virginia Beach in the Virginia General Assembly, and advocate for state mental health initiatives

Dr. Gary Bennett – Assistant Athletic Director and Licensed Clinical and Sports Psychologist, Virginia Tech Athletics. Virginia Tech was one of the first NCAA programs to support a position devoted specifically to sports psychology.

Dr. Scott Sautter – Board Certified Neuropsychologist. Norfolk Admirals Team Doctor. Concussion consultant for the College of William and Mary and Virginia Wesleyan University Athletics Departments. Chairman of the Board, Ping Pong for Charity Foundation, which supports brain health and mental fitness.

Dr. Melissa Tamburo – Director of Employee Assistance Program for Optima Health. Dr. Tamburo has a broad range of expertise including conducting quality analyses, demonstrating outcomes, network development, and providing clinical services to individuals and groups.

Dr. Claire LeBlanc – Principal, Ocean Lakes High School. Former athletic trainer and coach in Virginia Beach Public Schools.

C. Douglas Finney – LCSW, Finney Zimmerman Psychiatric Associates. Peak Performance Coach, has worked with ODU Football.

Tickets:  $10 for adults. $5 for 18 and under

PLEASE NOTE: FLEX PASSES AND OTHER DISCOUNTS CANNOT BE USED FOR THIS PRODUCTION

Plan B Comedy

An Improv Show!

May 11, 2019

Plan B Comedy brings their unique energy and fun to The Z for an improv show! It’s all made up on the spot based on suggestions from you, the audience. We literally can’t do it without you!

$15 online

$18 at the door

*Door Price goes into effect 1 hour before show starts. 

Theo Croker Quintet

presented by Virginia Arts Festival

May 09, 2019

“Croker boasts a beautiful legato tone, and his ability to make many phrases sound as one fluid thought is the sign of a truly masterful musician. The variety of timbres that Croker coaxed from his instrument was kaleidoscopic: rounded, flutter low notes; otherworldly cries in the upper register; muted drones with strange, deep overtones; searing, non-tonal sounds. All required a rare mix of control and innovation … that one only achieves through serious study and countless hours of exploration.”
-Rochester City Newspaper

This young trumpeter, singer, and bandleader has deep roots in jazz and the vision to see beyond the art form. The grandson of jazz trumpet legend Doc Cheatham, Croker has earned the attention of top musicians including Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove and many more; and legendary vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater produced his most recent recording, Escape Velocity, a sprawling, genre-bending journey through bop, soul, funk, R&B, and beyond. In addition to his love for jazz, he writes and produces hip-hop, rap, film scores, and contemporary classical, among other forms. Hear this groundbreaking artist in his Virginia Arts Festival debut!

Co-presented with Virginia Arts Festival

PLEASE NOTE: FLEX PASSES AND OTHER DISCOUNTS CANNOT BE USED FOR THIS PRODUCTION

Reduced Shakespeare Company

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]

May 07, 2019 to May 12, 2019

The “bad boys of abridgement” return! Longtime Festival favorites, Reduced Shakespeare Company is a three-man comedy troupe that takes long, serious subjects and reduces them to short, sharp comedies. In this 2019 engagement, these madmen in tights bring back their original hit, an irreverent, fast-paced romp through all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in 97 maniacal minutes. “A madcap condensation that features non-stop laughs. Done at a whirlwind pace and with great delight, they are sure to win over even the most skeptical. And there is no doubt that William Shakespeare himself…would approve” (Variety).

“Rollicking, fast-moving and hilarious!”
-The Guardian, London

“If you like Shakespeare, you’ll like this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll love this show!”
-The Today Show

Wednesday, May 8 will be Sign Language interpreted for the hearing impaired

Co-presented with Virginia Arts Festival

PLEASE NOTE: FLEX PASSES AND OTHER DISCOUNTS CANNOT BE USED FOR THIS PRODUCTION

Sammy Miller and The Congregation

Live at the Z

May 03, 2019

Sammy Miller and The Congregation are on a mission to put the generosity back into jazz and bring art back to the people.

We play joyful jazz — music that feels good. It is a style that entertains, enriches, but most of all uplifts.

A native of Los Angeles, Grammy®-nominated drummer Sammy Miller has become known for his unique maturity and relentless focus on making music that feels good as a drummer, singer and bandleader. Upon completing his Master’s at The Juilliard School, Sammy formed his ensemble, The Congregation. As a band, they are focused on sharing the power of community through their music — joyful jazz.

Ars Nova selected The Congregation for the ‘Makers Lab’ in 2017 to produce their original theater jazz show, “Great Awakening.” While independently the band members have performed and recorded with notable artists including Wynton Marsalis, Iron and Wine, and Jason Mraz at venues including the White House, Lincoln Center and the Hollywood Bowl, they have opted to stick together to spread joy throughout the world.

American Evolution

Story Hour at The Z

May 03, 2019

Experience Moth Radio style stories, spoken word and timeless tales to celebrate the diversity that defines the American spirit from 1619 – 2019.

Co-conceived by Sheila Arnold & Sibel Galindez

Sufian Zhemukhov has performed his stories for Story District, Better Said Than Done, The Moth, Perfect Liars Club, at such venues as Lincoln Theater, Black Cat, and Miracle Theater. He won the third prize at the Story Slam at the 2018 National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN. Sufian tells about his personal experience, as a first generation immigrant in the U.S. and a university professor, which might be much funnier than you would expect.

Sibel Galindez is the Community Liaison at Zeiders American Dream Theater. After graduating Harvard College with honors in English & American Literature, she lived and worked in Los Angeles as a professional actress & singer for 10 years, sharing the stage & screen with the likes of Doris Roberts, Mark Ruffalo, and Tony Shaloub, and developing her own cabaret. Her most notable role, Skates, a recurring character on the CBS TV drama JAG, led her to meet & marry a real life Navy JAG, who through his naval career brought her to Virginia Beach where she happily found The Z, her new creative home.  She was last seen at The Z in Aborophilia, a new work in The Z Hatchery series, as the host of Coffee at Our House- The Z Variety Hour and in her collaboration with WHRO Race Let’s Talk About It- Through Song. 

Sheila Arnold has been gifted by God with performance skills and has been using this talent since she was eight years old.  Since 2003 she has been a full-time Storyteller traveling through the United States and sharing a variety of stories – “whatever fits in her mouth”, as well as doing Historic Character Presentations and Christian Monologues.  At her core, Ms. Sheila, as she is commonly called, is a Professional Imaginator with a passion, vision and ministry of healing hearts, unifying communities and reminding people to share their stories.

Kween Yakini, author of WOKE A Poetic Journey came to writing poetry late in life, yet as soon as she unleashed her inner voice in this powerful compilation of poetry, she struck a chord and has been sharing it far & wide throughout Hampton Roads. She was among a chosen few to recite her poems at NSU’s Poetry & Jazz evening in celebration of Black History Month and was also just featured in the Poet Fest at The Venue on 35th this April.

Mendel Denise Service has been storytelling since 1972 where she began a storytelling based theater company in Seattle, Washington. Since then she has performed in numerous venues across the U.S., most notably the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the Kennedy Center and the National Theater. Her work focuses on bringing stories from people with different cultures from around the world.

King Khosi hails from Zimbabwe and is blessed to have survived many tragedies to make his way here to the U.S. where he graduated Denbigh HS and ODU and now teaches at Huntington Middle School.  A participant and supporter of Teens with a Purpose, Khosi had the honor and opportunity to take his spoken word to the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts.

Perhaps Richmond’s liveliest octogenarian, Les Schaffer listens to, teaches and tells stories in a variety of settings. For the past six years, Les has been leading and coaching the Richmond Story Warriors, an inner-city youth storytelling group based at Richmond’s Church Hill Library. Loving the Story-Slam format, Les tells at Slams all around the state and hosts a monthly senior-slam at the LifeLong Learning Center in Midlothian. A co-founder of The Tell Tale Hearts Storyteller’s Theater and TwoTellersTelling Tandem Storytellers, someone once described his telling as, “…like scenes from a screenplay starring Christopher Walken.”

To find out more about the American Evolution click here

Suggested donation $15

To make an advanced $15 suggested donation please call our Box Office at 757 499 0317 or stop by our Box Office during posted hours. This donation will reserve a seat for you at the American Evolution StoryHour. Suggested donations will also be taken at the door the day of the event by credit card or cash one hour before the performance begins.

In partnership with

PLEASE NOTE: FLEX PASSES AND OTHER DISCOUNTS CANNOT BE USED FOR THIS PRODUCTION

Hear This Middle School Poetry Slam

Teens With A Purpose and Hampton Roads Youth Poets

April 28, 2019

Young writers, poets, rappers! Tell your truth through spoken word poetry.

Slam Fest has become a much anticipated experience, a festival that blends competitive performance poetry written tradition with lyricism, positive music and stage acumen in a way that profoundly affects and entertains youth and audiences of all kinds.  Here young poets fearlessly tell their stories, in their own words to be shared with their generation and the community at-large. They meet students from different cities and with different background who come together to share their mutual love for the art form – spoken word POETRY.

Presented by Teens With A Purpose and Hampton Roads Youth Poets

Register to Attend or Compete below

PLEASE NOTE: FLEX PASSES AND OTHER DISCOUNTS CANNOT BE USED FOR THIS PRODUCTION

EmiSunshine

LIVE AT THE Z

April 27, 2019

The exceptional talents of critically-acclaimed teen music prodigy, EMISUNSHINE have captured the nation’s attention. The singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist has been hailed by outlets such as No Depression,Billboardand Rolling Stone:Sounds like the spunky, intense little sister to artistsIris DeMent, Natalie Maines, NanciGriffith and Janis Joplin. 

EmiSunshine has already graced some of the most-prestigious stages–from the “Today Show,” to the Grand Ole Opry (over a dozen times) and most recently, “Little Big Shots starring Steve Harvey” last April.  Additionally, EmiSunshine stars in and performs three songs in her latest film appearance on “The King,” alongside such celebrities as Roseanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Ethan Hawke, Alec Baldwin and more. The film featured at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and premiered at Cannes Film Festival, where Emi performed.    

A well-crafted storyteller, Emi’s music has been described as an “old-timey,” unique blend of roots music that is equal parts Americana, Bluegrass, Gospel, and Country, with a sprinkle of Blues. 

 “A very talented young lady, …EmiSunshine is taking the nation by storm, and if you ever get the chance to see them, by all means…you must.”—No Depression

VIP Premium Seating- $75 includes show ticket, CD, autographed laminate and photo with EmiSunshine!

Only 35 VIP Premium Seats available. 

Plan B Comedy

An Improv Show!

April 27, 2019

Plan B Comedy brings their unique energy and fun to The Z for an improv show! It’s all made up on the spot based on suggestions from you, the audience. We literally can’t do it without you!

$15 online

$18 at the door

*Door Price goes into effect 1 hour before show starts. 

Wild West!

presented by Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

April 27, 2019

Written and Directed by Jessica Brooke Pinsky

Many years ago, in the not-too-distant past, in a world almost exactly like our own, something else roams the land. Something rough. Something tough. Something rootin’ tootin’, cattle drivin’, yee-hawin’, and ready to bust some bucking broncos. Something… kind of smelly.

Greetings, fellow science fanatics! Welcome to SciTech Industries. Step into our lab and join us for an experiment or two! Worried about explosions? Don’t be! We’ve taken every precaution to ensure our students have a safe and educational experience. In case of emergencies that say, teleport one of us back to the Old West, we’ll just rebuild our time machine and get them back to the present lickety-split! A little bit of frontier frolicking never hurt a fly… we think! Of course, the last time our scientists traveled through time there were a few- minor- glitches… but, nothing to worry about! After all, surely they’ve worked out all the kinks by now. How many times can time travel go wrong?

Come along, little doggies, and join your favorite scientists for another unforgettable adventure through time and space: “Wild West!”, the final installment in CTHR’s Trilogy! series. For buckaroos of all ages (best enjoyed by cowpokes 4 and up).

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

XQ Super School Live

XQ SUPER SCHOOL LIVE

April 25, 2019

A night of high school drama — full of stories, selfie confessionals, viral gratitude, and multi-media adventures that celebrate the everyday heroes transforming America’s high schools.

All proceeds from ticket sales benefit local non-profit organizations. Tickets are non-refundable for this event.

PLEASE NOTE: FLEX PASSES AND OTHER DISCOUNTS CANNOT BE USED FOR THIS PRODUCTION

Soul Street Dance Company

Hip Hop with a Sense of Humor

April 20, 2019

Soul Street concerts consist of high-energy movement that will keep you at the edge of your seat. The music is an eclectic mix ranging from hip-hop to classical. It’s a show that will make you laugh and keep audiences of all ages entertained.

Houston based Soul Street Dance is one of the most dynamic premier dance companies in existence. Their technical and artistic skills, stage presence and wit allow them to push the performance envelope to an amazing standard of excellence.

Maurice Dickson

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

April 20, 2019

You could be forgiven for asking yourself: “Now where have I seen that face before?” Truth is, if you have been floating around Europe for the past 15 years or so, you might well have seen Maurice Dickson, if it was Monday, it must have been Germany …or was it Spain, Portugal, Holland, Belgium, France, North Africa …or the Canary Islands. As they say in Scotland, a stone’s throw from Maurice’s native Northern Ireland, he has “earned his spurs.” The long journey began in 1975 when he started playing, singing and writing. A year later, aged 16 he put together his first band, which belted out his own material and cover versions of the day until 1979 when he traded his engineer’s overalls for the insecurity of a life on the road. Setting off with a guitar, a sleeping bag and £75, he spent four-and-a-half years slogging it round Europe and North Africa, learning the tricks that only that kind of experience can give an artist – how to judge an audience, how to hook it, how to play it, how to reel it in and put it in the bag.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

Charity Spree at The Z with Plan B Comedy

presented with Rotary Club of Town Center Virginia Beach

April 14, 2019

Plan B Comedy returns to the Z with their monthly sketch comedy show. We love these guys and you will too. Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy.

VIP tickets -$50 includes all Rotary activities, auction, food, 2 drinks, and a Plan B Comedy Show ticket

Plan B Comedy Show only-$20 Advance (online or at the box office) and $25 at the door (goes into effect 1 hr. before the event starts at 3:45pm)

Rotary Club activities begin at 3:45pm and include catered heavy hors d’oeuvres, two drink tickets, bidding on exciting silent, live and jewelry auctions, novelty games and a photo booth!

Plan B Comedy show starts at 6pm in the Main Stage for all ticket holders. 

Presented in partnership with 

Ladies of Laughter

FUNNY & FABULOUS TOUR

April 13, 2019

Since 1999, Ladies of Laughter has established itself as THE SOURCE for funny women and has jump-started the careers of countless women in comedy, including Tammy Pescatelli, Melissa Rauch (Big Bang Theory) and Amy Schumer.  The Ladies of Laughter Funny & Fabulous Tour includes past winners and the best talent  from its national competition.  Past events have been produced at major theaters, casinos and even Madison Square Garden.

Featuring:

Leighann Lord Smart, sexy, savvy, and funny, Leighann Lord’s “heads up humor” is stand-up comedy at it’s finest. Inspired by the brilliance of George Carlin, the smooth jazz style of Franklyn Ajaye, and the elegance of Rita Rudner, Leighann has crafted her own unique brand of Thinking Cap Comedy. It’s no wonder she received the NYC Black Comedy Award for “The Most Thought Provoking Black Female Comic.” And for two consecutive years, Leighann was Harlem Week’s official comedian. (The only other comedian in Harlem Week’s history to earn that distinction was Richard Pryor.)

Missy Grynkiewicz Hall is the Queen of Happy Things! She loves to laugh, believes pants are optional and thinks the world would be better place if dogs were in charge. She is the 2013 winner of the Laugh Out Loud Competition, has worked as a warm-up comic for Harry Connick, Jr and her freshman comedy CD, “Miss Representation” was a first round Grammy nominee in 2012 for funniest comedy album. A seasoned actress/singer, Missy was recently featured in “Road Spill” on TruTV and in the feature film “Days of Power” with Eric Roberts released in 2018. Missy was also a finalist in the professional category of the 2018 Ladies Out Loud competition and a finalist at the 2018 Big Sky Comedy Festival.

Erin Maguire is a broad, a dame, a good time gal. In addition to being a stand-out in the 2018 Ladies of Laughter competition, she’s an emcee, an actor, a writer and a ginger with basic bitch tendencies. A Boston babe originally, she now calls NYC her home base, appearing at clubs in the city and beyond. She sees the world through a warped kaleidoscope and wants to take you along for the ride.

 

Woke Up In My Clothes Again This Morning

The Music and Lyrics of Sting

April 12, 2019 to April 19, 2019

Co-conceived by Bart Kuebler (Musical Director) and Lindsay Eure (Director)

Performances are April 12 -13 & April 18-19 at 7:30pm

This deliciously dark production is back for a second incarnation at The Z. Set in a 19th century lunatic asylum, a cast of “mentally deranged” characters lend new interpretation to the music and lyrics of Sting as depicted through the foggy lens of psychotropic drugs, “therapies” and imprisonment.

Sponsored in part by

2019 Sports Hall of Fame Induction

Presented by Virginia Sports Hall of Fame

April 06, 2019

The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame will officially welcome the Class of 2019, as 8 new members will be inducted, Saturday April 6 at 7 p.m. at Zeiders American Dream Theater. Join the Hall of Fame and past inductees as we celebrate these deserving honorees;

  • Ruben Brown, 3-time All-American, and 9-time NFL Pro Bowler
  • Jeff Burton, 22-time winner in NASCAR
  • Wendy Larry, Old Dominion University Women’s Basketball record setting head coach
  • Mark Lenzi, Olympic diving gold-medalist
  • Heath Miller, All-American at UVA, and 2-time Super Bowl Champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers
  • William “Buster” O’Brien, University of Richmond record setting quarterback
  • Debbie White, first female sportswriter in Virginia, ODU Athletics Administrator
  • Tom Yeager, served 31 years as the Commissioner of the Colonial Athletic Conference

Tickets are $50.00 each for this celebratory event.  More information regarding Induction weekend festivities, VIP ticket packages, and sponsorship/advertising opportunities can be found at the Hall of Fame’s website, www.VaSportsHOF.com

Please join us as we celebrate athletic excellence in the Commonwealth! (doors open at 6 p.m.)

Thank you to our sponsors for 2019 Induction Weekend; presenting sponsor, Priority Automotive Group, Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development, Optima Health, Whiteclaw Hard Seltzer, Riesbeck Contracting, WF Magann Corp, AdImpact Marketing, WAVY TV 10 and FOX 43, Jpixx Photography, and the Virginia Beach Hotel Association.

Ted Yoder

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

April 06, 2019

Ted Yoder’s hammered dulcimer cover of Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” became one of the most-watched Facebook Live posts in 2016 when the song received more than 101 million views from music fans around the world. It’s no wonder the video went viral; when a barefooted Yoder performed the hit on his hammered dulcimer in his Indiana family’s backyard with his wife, kids, and a pet raccoon named Gidget in the audience, he immediately became an internet sensation known as the lovable “Dulcimer Dad.”

What’s most remarkable about Yoder (besides the magic he brings to the mallets) is how his career has flourished at a time when the traditional corporate music industry is in decline. With his wife Donna, Yoder has created a family culture of creativity and teamwork that puts his music making at the center of its activities. From website and social media to music distribution and touring, Yoder’s family has helped him build an authentic life as a working musician and a blueprint for the lives of young musicians who want to learn what it means to play an instrument for a living in the second millennium.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

The Queen’s Cartoonists

Playing Music from Classic Cartoons

March 30, 2019

The Queen’s Cartoonists are a group of musicians from New York City that play music from cartoons. Their concerts include virtuosic performances, projections of cartoons with note-for-note live score recreation, multi-instrumental mayhem, and comedy.

TQC’s concert repertoire features music from the Golden Age of animation, cult cartoon classics, modern animation, and other unusual sources that will leave audiences surprised! Featured composers include Raymond Scott, Carl Stalling, John Kirby, Danny Elfman, Alf Clausen, John Williams, and adaptations from the classical repertoire.

Tying this diverse and challenging concert together are stories and anecdotes involving the cartoons and their composers. The band is on a musical mission of equal parts education, preservation, and performance.

Since their inception in 2015, The Queen’s Cartoonists have brought their unique sound to performing arts centers in over 20 states, and have even opened for the New York Philharmonic. The 6 members, all currently living in Queens, New York, are world-class professional musicians. The band has been featured in over 20 publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, and on NPR.

An Evening with Frederick Douglass

presented by African American Cultural Center

March 29, 2019

As we commemorate 400 years when the first Africans were brought to North America in 1619, this living history reenactment, continues to connect Douglass’ remarkable legacy with the history of the African diaspora and future aspirations of African Americans in the USA.

Poet and Author, Nathan Richardson, captures completely the physical and spiritual essence of writer, orator, and abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

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The Mountain King

By Michael Allen Aguirre

March 29, 2019 to March 31, 2019

By Michael Allen Aguirre

Set in the Athletic Director’s office of a prestigious Division One athletic department, truths are revealed when a scandal emerges involving the University’s football Coach and a player.  However, as accusations fly, the characters learn that the scandal is not the typical sex scandal they initially guessed it would be, but rather a ruthless and violent fight for survival in the modern world.

This production contains graphic language and explicit content.

This will be a Studio Reading; the actors will have script in hand, there will be some scenic elements and projections, minimal costumes, and theatrical lighting.

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Funny Stories with James Judd

Master Storyteller

March 23, 2019

Monologuist and humorist James Judd, headliner of NPR‘s Snap Judgment, has often been compared to David Sedaris and Oscar Wilde. Judd connects with audiences as he shares stories classified as “spectacular public embarrassments and utter failures.” However humiliating, they affirm that part of being human is telling the stories that have happened to us, emphasizing that even in the face of failure, it’s getting up and moving forward that matters.

The Washington Post says, “Judd’s conversation style is loud, lightning fast and nonstop — he doesn’t seem to need to breathe as much as a typical human — and the result is a constantly engaging pileup of quips. It can take a few moments for a joke to register, but by then Judd has unfurled a few more laugh-worthy lines. One of Judd’s biggest assets is his delivery, which rarely feels rehearsed, as if he’s simply recounting these absorbing personal anecdotes over dinner. And his talents extend to physical humor, whether he’s imitating a shark or mimicking an oafish boat captain.”

Tret Fure

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

March 23, 2019

Tret Fure began her career at the age of 16, singing in coffeehouses and campuses in the Midwest.  At 19, she moved to LA in hopes of obtaining a record deal.  Within a year she was performing as guitarist and vocalist for Spencer Davis, touring with him and penning the single for his album “Mousetrap”.  She went on to record her own album in 1973 on MCA/UNI Records, with the late Lowell George of Little Feat as her producer.  With the success of that release, she opened for such bands as Yes, Poco, and the J Geils Band.

A prolific artists in the contemporary singer-songwriter arena, Tret Fure has released 16 albums and CDs over the course of her 48 year career. In addition to being a gifted songwriter, Fure has engineered and produced countless recordings by a variety of artists, including her own work.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

The Undiscovered

Musical Theater Open Mic

March 21, 2019

Dust off your sheet music, warm up those vocal chords, and step into the spotlight! Join your fellow musical theater enthusiasts for a night of songs from The Great White Way. Come and see the finest of Hampton Roads’ Broadway-worthy talent. Those looking to sing may sign up at the door. Limited spots!

Suggested door donation $5

Plan B Comedy: The Real Show Was The Friends We Made Along the Way

A Comedy Variety Show

March 16, 2019

Come see our very own resident comedy company deliver their unique brand of funny.  Plan B Comedy will be ready to rock the house with sketches, videos, improv games and who knows what else in their one of a kind Comedy Variety show!

$15 online

$18 at the door

*Door Price goes into effect 1 hour before show starts. 

Princess Pitfalls

presented by Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

March 16, 2019

Written by Anton Five, Directed by Mike Burnette

Princess Nelldora doesn’t want to be a princess- at least, not the kind that you’re thinking of.  Some day she wants to be an Evil Queen, just like her mom.  Surely enrolling in Antagonist Academy will show her what it takes.  The school has all types:  witches, mad scientists, misunderstood creatures.  You would think that Nelldora would feel right at home; except her classmates keep calling her ‘Nell’, and, even worse, ‘Princess’.  No matter!  Nelldora knows that she has what it takes to become an Evil Queen…or does she?  Students from rival school Protagonist Prep are coming to visit to take part in the final exam: The Princess Pitfalls!  She will have to study with Princess Aetheria (the kind that you are thinking of) to pass the test. 

Can Aetheria and Nell work together?  Will Nell pass?  Open your textbooks (‘How To Be A Proper Villain’- page one) to find out. 

This play is appropriate for audiences of all ages, best enjoyed by those four years and up

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

The Word

AN OPEN MIC FOR POETS, STORYTELLERS AND FABULISTS

March 14, 2019

The Word is in collaboration with The Muse Writers Center, Hampton Roads Writers, and Tidewater Writers.

The Word welcomes diverse voices and fans of poetry, spoken word, and all forms of creative writing. We encourage all ages and backgrounds to come together and share in the mutual adoration of words. The Z provides a platform for writers to share their work while fostering a comfortable, laid-back, and encouraging atmosphere. This is your chance to take the mic! Read your own work or share a favorite.

Admission is a suggested $5 donation.

Those looking to speak/perform may sign up at the door. Limited spots!

 

The Pink Hulk

Written and Performed by Valerie David

March 09, 2019

Valerie David, Writer/Performer of The Pink Hulk: One Woman’s Journey to Find The Superhero Within, Directed by Padraic Lillis

A 1986 First Colonial graduate, Ms. David details her battle with cancer in The Pink Hulk and how she beat the odds by finding her inner super powers.

Award-winning actor, playwright and two-time cancer survivor Valerie David is thrilled to be coming home to Virginia Beach to perform her critically acclaimed, comical one-woman show The Pink Hulk: One Woman’s Journey to Find the Superhero Within at The Z. A 1986 First Colonial graduate Ms. David’s details her battle with cancer in The Pink Hulk and how she beat the odds by finding her inner super powers. Ms. David has been touring the U.S. and Europe with The Pink Hulk for the past two years, garnering many awards and rave reviews along the way, and has been accepted into 25 play festivals in 2 years’ time.

Ms. David, who was First Colonial senior class president and voted Most School Spirited, wrote The Pink Hulk after being diagnosed with cancer not once, but twice! “My show is not just about fighting cancer; it has a universal message of hope and empowerment,” Ms. David said.

Synopsis: Now battling breast cancer after fighting off lymphoma, Valerie does something most people facing cancer for the second time in their life probably wouldn’t think of doing. With a fear that she might lose “the girls”, she takes them out for one last hurrah. And does Valerie succeed? Is there a “happy ending”? Come see the show to find out! This sexy, adventurous solo show follows Valerie’s journey to seek her own “hulk-like” strength to find her superhero within. An empowering and true story of inspiration! With plenty of humor—guaranteed!

This is a 60-minute show with mature content and a talkback to follow each performance.

For more info, visit pinkhulkplay.com
Art Credit: Rebecca Kalant

REVIEW EXCERPTS
“Valerie David, who has the talent of a Broadway star, decided to write this show to share her experiences and empower those facing adversity in life. The Pink Hulk began touring the country in 2016 and Valerie David began accumulating awards for this extraordinarily moving, candid, and insightful show. The Pink Hulk is a 60-minute experience you will not soon forget.” – Applause! Applause! New York City

“The joy of this performance is in the honesty and the openness and the wonderfully warm and inclusive woman that is Valerie David…Ms. David has the kind of infectious spirit and deeply inspiring story that needs more than a one- woman show…how about a series?” – Los Angeles Review, Noho Arts District

“[Valerie] David’s story, by turns comical and heartbreaking, demonstrates that obstacles can be overcome and that we each have a superhero inside us. I recommend this show to anyone who enjoys authentic, well-performed theater and to anyone needing a reminder of the strength and resilience of the human spirit.” – DC Metro Theater Arts 2016

Sponsored in part by

Seamus Kennedy

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

March 09, 2019

A four-decade veteran of the Irish/Celtic festival circuit, Seamus Kennedy was first influenced by the legendary Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. From them he learned the importance of not only being a solid musician, but also of being an all-round entertainer.

With a thorough knowledge of the traditional and contemporary songs of Ireland and Scotland, he is equally proficient with American music, be it folk, country, bluegrass or a little Western Swing.

Originally from Belfast, but now based in Annapolis, MD, he has been entertaining audiences all over the United States from Alaska to Florida, from Maryland to California for more than four decades. At home in venues ranging from intimate house-concerts and folk-clubs to large concert halls and festivals, Seamus has been bringing tour groups to Ireland for 30 years to experience the music and culture of his homeland “up close and personal”.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

Race Let’s Talk About It…Through Song

FREE COMMUNITY EVENT

March 02, 2019

With Barbara Hamm Lee, host of Another View, leading & moderating the conversation, join us as we embark on one of the most challenging conversations of our time: Race in America. The twist is we will do it through song! What happens when a black man and white woman sing songs like Ol’ Man River, Change is Gonna Come and You’ve Got to be Taught? What songs bring us together, what songs apart? Are there lyrics of songs woven into America’s history & culture that continue to divide us?

Performed by Teddy Holmes and Sibel Galindez

In partnership with

Seating is limited so registration is strongly encouraged.  Click this link to register.

Kaia Kater

New Soul of Traditional Mountain Music

March 02, 2019

As a Montreal born Grenadian-Canadian, Kaia Kater grew up between two worlds: one her family’s deep ties to folk music; the other the years she spent learning and studying Appalachian music in the USA. Her old-time banjo-picking skills, deft arrangements, and songwriting abilities have landed her in the spotlight in North America and the UK, garnering critical acclaim from outlets such as NPR, CBC Radio, Rolling Stone, BBC Music, and No Depression.

“…plaintive, mesmerizing…writes and performs with the skill of a folk-circuit veteran…” Rolling Stone

This engagement of Kaia Kater is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts
Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Plan B Comedy: A Sketch Variety Show!

Sketch, Improv & Video!

March 01, 2019

Come see our very own resident comedy company deliver their unique brand of funny on our main stage.  Plan B Comedy will be ready to rock the house with sketches, videos, improv games and who knows what else in their one of a kind Comedy Variety show!  

Occidental Gypsy

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

February 23, 2019

Occidental Gypsy plays an exhilarating blend of gypsy swing, jazz and world music that enraptures the listener with a complex acoustic sound, burnished by smooth vocals reminiscent of the first era of swing. Their second CD, 44070, presents compositions inspired by social justice, and lyrical songs both catchy and radio-ready. Can a band play timeless music that speaks to your soul and makes you tap your feet? The answer is “yes” and it is Occidental Gypsy’s latest CD, 44070.

Hailing from New England, Occidental Gypsy plays a dynamic, multi-genre mix of original vocal and instrumental pieces. They are a nationally touring acoustic act championed by critics and fans. “OG” has played to packed houses at the legendary Nighttown in Cleveland, Green Mill in Chicago, Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis, World Cafe Live, Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, The Ark in Ann Arbor, the Blue Wisp in Cincinnati and many others.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

The Sound of Black History

A Celebration of Black Gospel Music

February 17, 2019

Have you ever heard a song that moved you to the point where you wanted to tell all of your friends about it? Do the names Thomas Dorsey, James Cleveland, Walter Hawkins, and Albertina Walker ring a bell? Do you enjoy hand-clapping, foot-stomping, soul-stirring music? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, you won’t want to miss an evening filled with song & dance to honor the rich legacy of Gospel Music. Bring your family, friends, and loved ones to experience The Sound of Black History.

The Puppet Adventure Hour

presented by Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

February 16, 2019

Written and Directed by Scott Quirk

Puppets! Adventure! The wildest tales of derring-do ever told in just one hour! Only the boldest puppet adventurers get to become members of the Puppet Adventure Club, and they are here to share their stories with you! Forgotten lands! Lost treasures! Evil villains that must be stopped! And a chance for you – the world’s most adventurous audience – to become members of the Puppet Adventurers Club! Are you brave enough? Are you daring enough? Then come and be part of the stories of the Puppet Adventure Hour!

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

Plan B Comedy

An Improv Show!

February 16, 2019

Plan B Comedy brings their unique energy and fun to The Z for an improv show! It’s all made up on the spot based on suggestions from you, the audience. We literally can’t do it without you!

$15 online

$18 at the door

*Door Price goes into effect 1 hour before show starts. 

Christopher Kypros In Concert

LIVE AT THE Z

February 15, 2019

Come enjoy an evening of musical artistry by Norfolk native, Christopher Kypros, as he performs music across the spectrum, from the serene and sublime, to the sparkling and passionate.  His program of solo piano works by Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, and Ginastera will bring you solace as well as fire up your senses. 

Kypros completed undergraduate studies in piano performance at ODU and graduate studies at The Juilliard School.  He’s created a name for himself as a very successful music teacher from the elementary level to the college level, is an award-winning composer, choral conductor, and musical director, is celebrated for his many years of providing original piano accompaniments to silent films at Norfolk’s Naro Cinema, and rounds it all out as a stage and TV actor in Hampton Roads.

Some notable appearances or accomplishments include a concert at the National Gallery of Art, soloist with the Virginia and Jacksonville Symphonies, and composer of Liturgy of Peace, Liturgy of Hope, and Liturgy of Light for the Greek Orthodox Church. He also has a children’s book coming out, Lullaby for Alana, that includes original music of the same name.

Sex On Broadway

A Valentine Cabaret

February 14, 2019 to February 16, 2019

Conceived and directed by Lindsay Eure

Back again for romp number four! The title says it all. Sexy Broadway tunes, heartfelt ballads and just the right dose of hilarity make for the perfect Valentine (or anti-valentine) celebration.

Sponsored by 

Daniel Champagne

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

February 10, 2019

One reviewer recently wrote – ‘Daniel Champagne exudes a natural ease on stage, as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably whisk the heart up with grand romanticism. Coupled with an exhilarating guitar talent that transcends mere acoustic playing to replicate a whole band, Champagne is just magical’ (themusic.com.au)

The story goes that the young Australian singer, songwriter and one-of-a-kind guitar virtuoso first picked up his instrument of choice as a five-year-old following in the footsteps of a musical father. He began writing songs at 12, training classically throughout his teens and performing solo wherever he could, honing his craft and developing what would become the dynamite live show that he is renowned for today. At 18 he left school, turned professional and hit the road.

The next several years saw him traversing North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand and of course, his homeland Australia playing such festivals as California WorldFest, Winnipeg Folk Fest, Vancouver and Mariposa Folk (Canada), Belgium’s Labadoux Festival and Australia’s Woodford, Falls Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival and the legendary Byron Bay Bluesfest. He has toured and shared stages with Jake Shimabukuro, Jesse Cook, Roderigo Y Gabriela, Richard Shindell, The Ragbirds, The Waifs, Lucinda Williams, Judy Collins, INXS, John Butler, KT Tunstall and Ani DiFranco.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

Lucas Bohn

From Lesson Plans to Late Night

February 09, 2019

“Lesson Plans to Late Night” is a one-man comedy show about Lucas’ transition from elementary school teacher to national touring comedian.  “Lesson Plans to Late Night” is truly a one of a kind comedy experience combining live stand up comedy and visual images.  This show has been compared to “Defending the Caveman” and was called “A Comedic Multimedia Masterpiece” and “Hysterical” by Parade Magazine.  “Lesson Plans to Late Night” is one of the highest rated main stage shows on Norwegian Cruise Lines and was called “Truly Innovative” and “A total crowd pleaser” by cruise directors and entertainment coordinators.  If you’ve ever worked with children or have kids or grandkids, you don’t want to miss this hilarious show.

Valerie June

Opening: Thad Cockrell

February 08, 2019

One of the most admired, genre-bending artists to breakthrough in the last decade, June’s music blends southern sounds, African rhythms and ambient atmospherics into something altogether futuristic and new. Her 2017 release The Order of Time appeared on numerous ‘best of’ lists and received near universal acclaim from a broad array of international media including: Rolling Stone, New York Times, NPR, The Guardian, Vice Noisey, New Yorker, ELLE, Nylon, Garden & Gun, Okayplayer, MOJO, UNCUT, Entertainment Weekly, GQ, Exclaim!, Newsday, Afropunk, CLASH, Glide, Financial Times, American Songwriter, MTV News and many more.

June’s rapturous, one-of-a-kind live shows have also helped her achieve a loyal, world-wide audience and are not to be missed. The solo tour will feature both brand-new songs and fan favorites. She is currently working on her highly anticipated new album.

Opening this evenings concert is American singer-songwriter Thad Cockrell. Cockrell, lead singer of LEAGUES, inspires his audience to dream outside their means through thoughtful interpretation of relatable circumstance. Cockrell NATURALLY displays himself within each of his musical masterpieces, connecting listeners and providing an outlet for self-understanding.

PHOTO: Coen Rees

Rhythm Future Quartet

Gypsy Jazz

February 02, 2019

The acoustic jazz ensemble, Rhythm Future Quartet has a straightforward agenda: to keep the spirit of Gypsy jazz alive and expanding in today’s musical universe. The virtuosic foursome, named for a Django Reinhardt tune, offers up a newly minted sound, influenced by the classic Hot Club of France, yet wholly contemporary.

Led by violinist Jason Anick and guitarist Olli Soikkeli, Rhythm Future Quartet performs dynamic and lyrical arrangements of both Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions that draw upon diverse international rhythms and musical idioms. With Max O’Rourke on second guitar and Greg Loughman on bass, Rhythm Future is dedicated to expanding the boundaries of a vital musical genre.

“Rhythm Future Quartet breaks new ground for Gypsy jazz”
The Boston Globe

“[Rhythm Future Quartet] have rocketed the music into the future by incorporating multiple influences…teaming it with their own virtuosity and playing it all with a joyful abandon that is downright infectious”
– Huffington Post

The Word

AN OPEN MIC FOR POETS, STORYTELLERS AND FABULISTS

January 31, 2019

The Word is in collaboration with The Muse Writers Center, Hampton Roads Writers, and Tidewater Writers.

The Word welcomes diverse voices and fans of poetry, spoken word, and all forms of creative writing. We encourage all ages and backgrounds to come together and share in the mutual adoration of words. The Z provides a platform for writers to share their work while fostering a comfortable, laid-back, and encouraging atmosphere. This is your chance to take the mic! Read your own work or share a favorite.

Admission is a suggested $5 donation.

Those looking to speak/perform may sign up at the door. Limited spots!

 

Michael Lynche

American Idol

January 26, 2019

American Idol Michael Lynche is a new breed of soul singer with completely classic influences. Traces of Donny Hathaway, Al Green, Luther Vandross, Sam Cooke and James Brown all seem to flash in this uniquely talented performer. Undeniable charisma, well­ crafted song arrangements, and a voice soaked in soul give the big man class all his own. “Big Mike”—as he was known while winning over the hearts of a nation during his stint on American Idol—has talent so versatile, he’s played intimate jazz & blues clubs, 20,000 seat arenas and opera halls with 100 piece orchestras backing him. Through it all “Big Mike” has always had one singular goal to spread a message of love wherever he goes.

A New York City resident for the last 10 years, this Florida native rose from obscurity as a finalist on season 9 of the hit phenomenon ­­ American Idol. After wowing millions of fans on American Idol with his comforting and powerful voice and performing throughout the United States as part of the American Idol LIVE! Tour, Big Mike has released 2 studio albums, toured as an opening act for Boyz II Men, Lalah Hathaway, Faith Evans, and Lyfe Jennings and recently took his show overseas for the first time to headline a tour of the Mediterranean.

“Big Mike” comes with an inspirational story and a searing, soulful, one­ of­ a ­kind voice. He leaves you breathless and wanting more when the night is over. This extraordinary vocal talent seamlessly fuses classic R&B, thoroughly modern urban grooves, and swoon­worthy vintage soul into a fresh, unique sound. Big, yes—and beautiful, too; Michael Lynche makes music that’s unforgettable.

Distant Survivors

BASED ON HOLOCAUST POETRY BY WILLIAM HEYEN

January 24, 2019 to February 03, 2019

ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE AND DIRECTED BY JUNE PRAGER

Never Forget!  Never Again!

In this one-hour poetic drama, a man, an American of German descent, looks back on his ancestral past and tries to make sense of it. He encounters embodiments of the Holocaust: a Nazi soldier, an elderly caretaker, a Jewish survivor, among others.  A visitor into the collective unconscious, he takes us to places most of us would like to forget. This play about survival and cruelty is particularly relevant today when quests for power and the ease of prevarication and justification are rampant.

We are experiencing the polarization of America, along with the rise of anti-Semitism across the globe, resulting in an increase of attacks, verbal and physical, against Jews, Muslims, and immigrants. The testimonials for Distant Survivors speak to the power of theatre to deepen our understanding of “the Other” and create a spark towards dialogue and communion.

Presented with permission by Blue Moon Plays LLC

Charlotte Grimm’s Lost Fairy Tale

presented by Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

January 19, 2019

Written by Anton Five, Directed by Mike Burnette

It’s not easy being Charlotte.  Her two smarty pants siblings (the Brothers Grimm to be precise) tease her just because she loves stories.  As much as her brothers love words; they don’t love stories- not the way Charlotte does.  Charlotte loves stories because anything can happen in a story.

But on top of that…she gets lost in the woods…and can’t find her way home!  The woods are dark, and mysterious, but Charlotte is determined to get back.  Along the way she meets all sorts of friends (some you may have heard of):  a brother and sister who are looking for their bread crumbs, a beautiful young maiden with really, really long hair; and a magical fish that grants wishes (that one you may not have heard of).  Everything is going smoothly until they meet a certain old woman who lives in a house made of candy…
So join us Once Upon A Time for a fantastic adventure where anything can happen, because anything can happen in a story.  Magical for all ages.

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

Ladies of Laughter

The Funniest Ladies In America

January 19, 2019

The Ladies of Laughter Funny & Fabulous Tour returns to Zeiders American Dream Theater with a new line-up of fresh female funny faces that have graced the stages of theaters, comedy clubs and television shows nationwide.
This show includes 3 winners of the national Ladies of Laughter competition from various years past.  It includes:
Jane Condon-2004 Professional Ladies of Laughter Winner
Jocelyn Chia-2016 Ladies of Laughter Newcomer Winner

 

Patty Rosborough-2000 Ladies of Laughter Professional Winner

Little Doors

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

January 19, 2019

The mid-twentieth century was a great era for the popular song. The golden age of movie musicals brought us classics like “Over the Rainbow” and “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.” At the same time, the sophisticated jazzy tunes of Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and many more captivated listeners. A few years later, great artists like Etta James, Dionne Warwick, and Stevie Wonder brought us one gem of a song after another, each one woven into the fabric of the lives of all who lived through those dynamic times.

Little Doors is a musical group that wanders through this seemingly endless canon of great songs, gathering tunes like shells on the beach and taking them home to enjoy again and again. Simply presented with vocals, guitar and upright bass, these songs take the listener to a place in their past; a place of nostalgia evoking forgotten joys or heartaches, sometimes with a fresh appreciation that comes from having been away from an old friend for too long.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

Plan B Comedy: Red Headed Step Child

A Comedy Variety Show

January 12, 2019

Plan B Comedy returns to the Z with their monthly sketch comedy show. We love these guys and you will too. Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy.

$15 online

$18 at the door

*Door Price goes into effect 1 hour before show starts. 

The Cashore Marionettes

Life in Motion

January 12, 2019

Unmatched in artistry, grace and refinement of movement, the internationally acclaimed Cashore Marionettes redefine the art of puppetry. The moving and humorous performance has astounded audiences in Europe, the Far East and across North America including stops at the Kennedy Center, Annenberg Center, Kravis Center, and many others. In the performance Life in Motion, Joseph Cashore presents his collection of marionette masterworks. Characters of depth, integrity, and humanity are portrayed in a full evening unlike anything else in theater today.

The performance is a series of scenes taken from everyday life and set to beautiful music by composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss, and Copland. Through a combination of virtuoso manipulation, humor, pathos, classic music, and poetic insight, The Cashore Marionettes take the audience on a journey that celebrates the richness of life. Life in Motion is a powerful, entertaining, surprising, theatrically satisfying, one-of-a-kind evening for adults and young adults. Joseph Cashore has received numerous awards for his artistry including a Pew Fellowship for Performance Art, based upon his artistic accomplishment; a Henson Foundation Grant, an award intended to help promote puppetry to adult audiences; and a Citation of Excellence from the UNIMAUSA, the highest honor an American puppeteer can receive. The Cashore Marionettes are so well conceived and projected, the movement so convincing, the illusion so powerful, that the result is a compelling, unforgettable, theatrical experience.

The Cashore Marionettes – Life In Motion Promo Video from Baylin Artists Management on Vimeo.

2nd Annual RBLE Player’s Ball

Art, Entertainment & Dance

January 11, 2019

Come out in style for a good cause for a night of Art, Entertainment, & Dance.

Break out your favorite fur coat and bring an extra coat to donate to charities that provide coats to the homeless. The night will entail the RBLE Art Jam in collaboration with Utopia Feni & Chrysler Museum. Featuring many artist from Hampton Roads, the art show will also feature an art market that will also have vendors of food, clothes, and jewelry.

The Friday Night Live aspect of the show will feature a live band headed by Gary Donna and will have opportunities for many local musicians and artist to hop in and collaborate on live improvisation open mic style. Hosted by Artel Carter & Gabe Niles

Also many of your favorite local DJs have donated their time for DJ sets for the simulated bar and dance floor in the back.

Doors open at 7:00pm

$10 Tickets

757th Inning Stretch

presented by Virginia Sports Hall of Fame

January 09, 2019

The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame is proud to welcome two local baseball legends to Zeiders American Dream Theater in Virginia Beach.

Join us on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019 for 757th Inning Stretch, featuring Michael Cuddyer and David Wright.

Cuddyer and Wright will share their experiences in baseball, from the little league fields in Chesapeake to the best stadiums in Major League Baseball.  Don’t miss your chance to participate in this great baseball event.

All ages are welcome to attend. Tickets to the event are just $15!

About the panel

Michael Cuddyer – a native of Chesapeake, and a graduate of Great Bridge High School, Cuddyer would play fifteen seasons in the major leagues for Minnesota, Colorado and the NY Mets, winning a batting title for Colorado in 2013, was twice named to the All Star team and is a member of the Twins’ Hall of Fame.

David Wright – a native of Chesapeake, and graduate of Hickory High School, Wright would spend his entire career with the team that drafted him, the New York Mets. Wright, a 7-time All-Star retired from the Mets following the 2018 season, as the organization’s all-time leader in hits, runs scored, rbi, total bases, and doubles.

Plan B Comedy

An Improv Show!

January 05, 2019

Plan B Comedy brings their unique energy and fun to The Z for an improv show! It’s all made up on the spot based on suggestions from you, the audience. We literally can’t do it without you!

$15 online

$18 at the door

*Door Price goes into effect 1 hour before show starts. 

Steel Wheels

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

January 05, 2019

Hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, The Steel Wheels are familiar with the traditions of folk music and how a string band is supposed to sound. In fact, they’ve been drawing on those steadfast traditions for more than a decade. Yet their name also evokes a sense of forward motion, which is clearly reflected in their latest album, Wild As We Came Here.

“I think we’ve always been able to write new songs with different landscapes. However it was really enjoyable for us, creatively and artistically, to depart from the straight-up acoustic sound that we’ve been known for,” says Trent Wagler, who plays guitar and banjo in the band and writes most of the material. “I’m excited to see what happens. There are fans out there who are ready for this and who have been waiting for us to do this.”

While on tour supporting Josh Ritter, the band forged a friendship with Sam Kassirer, who plays keyboards for Ritter on tour and has produced a number of his albums. While The Steel Wheels had been considering other producers and maybe recording in Nashville, they chose to follow their instincts all the way to rural Maine, where Kassirer owns a recording studio inside a renovated farmhouse from the 18th century. All four band members – Wagler, Eric Brubaker (fiddle), Brian Dickel (upright bass), and Jay Lapp (mandolin) – hunkered down for a week and a half to create Wild As We Came Here.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

reVoiced

Live at The Z

December 22, 2018

Since 2012, reVoiced has gained a reputation for captivating audiences, creating their own sound by “revoicing” familiar classics. These five charismatic entertainers bring their distinct personalities together to create an unforgettable vocal experience. Its members have received countless vocal accolades, performing on Broadway and television shows like American Idol and The Sing-Off.  What holiday classics can you expect? Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Holly Jolly Xmas, Carol of the Bells, and Run Run Rudolph, just to name a few.

The reVoiced vocal experience will uplift, inspire, and leave you wanting more. Vocal entertainment: reimagined. redefined. reVoiced.

Tickets:
$35 Adult
$15 Student

Uncle Wiggily’s Christmas Carol

presented by Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

December 15, 2018

Written and Directed by Jessica Brooke Pinsky

You’re invited to the Woods for a holiday tea at Uncle Wiggily’s house… only Uncle Wiggily is the last to know! In order to keep you entertained, the old rabbit gentleman will have to get everyone’s help to put on the biggest production the forest has ever seen: Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”!

You’ll meet Nurse Jane Fuzzy Wuzzy the muskrat housekeeper, Jumpo Kinkytail the monkey, Doctor Possum (the possum), and a slew of madcap characters as they portray the quintessential Christmas tale… with just a few minor changes!    

With enduring themes of love, generosity, and second chances, there’s no better way to celebrate the season than with Uncle Wiggily and his forest friends in CTHR’s beloved adaptation. A charming and original spin on the classic, and great holiday fun for the entire family.

This play is appropriate for audiences of all ages, best enjoyed by those four years and up

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

Plan B Comedy: Terms of Service

A Comedy Variety Show

December 15, 2018

Plan B Comedy returns to the Z with their monthly sketch comedy show. We love these guys and you will too. Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy.

$15 online

$18 at the door

*Door Price goes into effect 1 hour before show starts. 

Holidivas

A Holiday Cabaret

December 13, 2018 to December 15, 2018

Conceived and directed by Lindsay Eure
Musical direction by Bart Kuebler

This will be the fourth annual HOLIDIVAS cabaret at The Z. This show is tailored to the performers and features a diverse selection of holiday music for a heartwarming yet hilarious evening with plenty of nostalgia.

Upstate

Opening: Skye Zentz

December 08, 2018

For Upstate, the last few years have been a time of profound exploration and self-discovery. As the band knocked off milestone after milestone on the road, their sound, their lineup, and even their name all underwent dramatic metamorphoses. Challenging and thrilling all at once, those changes have finally culminated in the septet’s dazzling new album, a collection that showcases both their remarkable growth and their adventurous blend of folk, R&B, jazz, gospel, and rock and roll.

Opener: Skye Zentz – Skye Zentz is a professional songwriter and ukulele player from Norfolk, VA. A hometown gal, Skye’s love for her city inspired a grassroots music video for her original song “The Tide”, which won the 2016 Veer Music Award for Music Video of the Year. Her eclectic, soulful music is singable and warm, once described as a “cozy home with many wildly decorated rooms”. Skye composed the original music for the new play “Alice”, which made its debut in April, 2017 at Old Dominion University, where Skye also served as Music Director. Several of her educational children’s songs, including the Telly Award winner “Cut the Sugar”, are featured regularly on PBS Kids. Skye teaches Songwriting and Ukulele at the Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, where she has taught since 2012.

Town Mountain

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

December 08, 2018

Raw, soulful, and with plenty of swagger, Town Mountain has earned raves for their hard-driving sound, their in-house songwriting and the honky-tonk edge that permeates their exhilarating live performances, whether in a packed club or at a sold-out festival. The hearty base of Town Mountain’s music is the first and second generation of bluegrass spiced with country, old school rock ‘n’ roll, and boogie-woogie. It’s what else goes into the mix that brings it all to life both on stage and on record and reflects the group’s wide-ranging influences – from the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia and the ethereal lyrics of Robert Hunter, to the honest, vintage country of Willie, Waylon, and Merle.

The Bend Bulletin’s Brian McElhiney says Town Mountain, “has serious country and rock ’n’ roll DNA.” Town Mountain features guitarist and vocalist Robert Greer, banjoist Jesse Langlais, mandolinist Phil Barker, fiddler Bobby Britt, and Zach Smith on bass.

Town Mountain is working on their 6th studio album and was recently recording in Echo Mountain Studios with Producer Caleb Klauder. The forthcoming album will be full of new original material and released later in the year. They are also excited to be the host of the 2018 MerleFest Midnight Jam and will be performing at Joe Val Bluegrass Festival and John Hartford Memorial Festival among others in 2018.

Their 5th studio album, Southern Crescent, came out April 1, 2016 on LoHi Records. Produced and engineered by GRAMMY winner Dirk Powell, Southern Crescent was recorded in Powell’s studio The Cypress House in south-central Louisiana town of Breaux Bridge. Since it’s release the band debuted on the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium stages in 2016 bringing their sound to new audiences. The critically acclaimed album debuted at #4 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart while staying for ten weeks on the Americana Music Association’s radio chart Top 40.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

Plan B Comedy

An Improv Show!

December 01, 2018

Plan B Comedy brings their unique energy and fun to The Z for an improv show! It’s all made up on the spot based on suggestions from you, the audience. We literally can’t do it without you!

$15 online

$18 at the door

*Door Price goes into effect 1 hour before show starts. 

Plan B Comedy: Leftovers Edition IV

A Comedy Variety Show

November 24, 2018

Plan B Comedy is coming over for holiday leftovers. Watch Plan B perform some scripted sketch comedy that’ll cure that holiday food coma and leave you asking for seconds! Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy. Fourth year running strong!

Coffee At Our House

Variety Hour at The Z

November 18, 2018

Creativity comes in all forms and flows through all ages at this community infused variety show!

Our creative spirit doesn’t stop when the gray hairs appear and it doesn’t begin when we reach double digits. Come enjoy an afternoon of song, comedy & dance shared by fellow community members of all ages. Sing alongs will part of the fun too!

We are asking everyone to bring primary color acrylic paints and/or glue sticks for Tidewater Arts Outreach, a local non-profit bringing joy & well-being to older adults through creative engagement with the arts.

Hosted by Sibel Galindez

For more information email [email protected]

Suggested donation of $5.

In partnership with

Like Cats and Dogs

presented by Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

November 17, 2018

Written and Directed by Jessica Brooke Pinsky
In a house, there lives a Dog. The dog is happy. Life is peaceful. Then the humans bring home a surprise. A yarn chasing, mouse hunting, meowing surprise. Dog does not like surprises.

Will this odd pair learn to coexist, or will it be mass hysteria? Whatever the case, hysterical antics are coming to CTHR this November! Whether you’re a dog lover, a cat lover, or just someone who loves to laugh, you’re sure to love “Like Cats and Dogs”. 

This play is appropriate for audiences of all ages, best enjoyed by those four years and up

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

Smirk!

WORLD CHAMPION JUGGLERS

November 17, 2018

Physical comedian Reid Belstock and innovative juggling ace Warren Hammond have teamed up to bring you their hilarious and incredible new show, Smirk!

Reid plays a maniacal goofball to Warren’s straight man garnering comparisons to Abbott and Costello. Described as “A nicely matched pair of performers with a deep bag of tricks,” by Juggle Magazine, their juggling and slapstick antics explode off the stage to fill the largest auditorium. Their work has earned them multiple awards, including the 2009, and more recently the 2011 IJA Silver Medal in the Team competitions.

 

After Jack

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

November 17, 2018

After Jack is a musical celebration of togetherness. Named 2014 Americana Vocal Group of the Year by the Appalachian Cultural Music Association, the trio couples a modern sensibility with distinctly old-time energy to blend bluegrass, gospel and folk elements. Combine your most beloved musical memories with a foot-stomping string band and top it off with harmonies that spring straight from the soul of the mountains, and you’ve got After Jack.

Emily, Mary and Rachel met while working as performers in a professional theatre company. In forming the band, they realized they were merging three unique musical perspectives. Though often labeled “Americana,” their sound, ability to reach the heart of an audience, and the incredible joy that they bring to the stage cannot be adequately captured by one word.

After Jack’s first full-length album, released on Travianna Records, was produced by Aaron Ramsey of Mountain Heart, and is already receiving international airplay. The album’s title, Echo, is a notion that describes the band’s songwriting – a collection of stories to be shared and experiences that can only be lived. It’s also an invitation, to all who encounter it, to share those moments. With an ambitious touring schedule, the trio can be heard at major festivals and venues all along the East Coast.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

A New Century, A New War

presented by Virginia War Memorial

November 15, 2018

FREE COMMUNITY EVENT!

Please join staff of the Virginia War Memorial and Virginia War Memorial Foundation as we proudly present our newest release in our documentary film series, “A New Century, A New War.”

This film, the 23rd produced by the Virginia War Memorial, is our response to years of Virginia educators asking for material they could use to introduce their students to the events of 9/11 and the reasons for going to war in Afghanistan and Iraq. We were able to gather some incredible personal stories from Virginians across the state to paint the picture of one of the most tragic, but also inspirational, times in our nation’s history. We have turned these interviews into a moving, informative film. Before we release “A New Century, A New War” to teachers and visitors to the Virginia War Memorial, we are hosting premiere showings around the Commonwealth.

This event will include a reception, short discussion, and a first-look showing of the complete 30-minute documentary. Attire is Business Casual.

Kindly RSVP to [email protected] or (804) 786-2176 by November 7.

Cost:
FREE, R.S.V.P. Required

To End All Wars

a wwi 100th anniversary commemoration

November 11, 2018

The world awoke one morning in August of 1914 to find itself at war. The conflict, which no one expected would last very long, dragged on for four horrible years and when the guns finally fell silent, the flower of European youth was gone.

To End All Wars, a Commemorative Concert marking the centennial of the end of World War I, is a retrospective focused on the human involvement and cost told through story and song.
Featuring members of the Virginia Beach Chorale.

This is a Z Community Event, free & open to the public. Seating is limited so please reserve your tickets.

Afrobeat Friday

Free and Open to the Public

November 09, 2018

African high school and college kids, the largest demographic group of the Continent, created the Afrobeats dance craze. The music, the moves, the energy – there’s nothing like it, and It’s taken the dance world by storm. The Tidewater African Cultural Alliance (TACA) and The Zeiders American Dream Theater are excited to bring you the inaugural Afrobeat Friday: College Edition Dance Off, introducing you to our area college African student organizations in this FREE event! Come cheer on and groove with your alma mater’s/favorite area college dance team!

 

Plan B Comedy

An Improv Show!

November 03, 2018

Plan B Comedy brings their unique energy and fun to The Z for an improv show! It’s all made up on the spot based on suggestions from you, the audience. We literally can’t do it without you!

$15 online

$18 at the door

*Door Price goes into effect 1 hour before show starts. 

Jane Monheit

Jazz Vocalist

November 02, 2018

Blessed with “a voice of phenomenal beauty” (Stephen Holden, New York Times), Jane Monheit has had plenty of milestone moments in establishing herself as one of today’s best and most important vocalist-musicians.

With her new album, The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald—the first to be released on her own Emerald City Records—the Long Island native has surprised even herself with her artistic leap. Jane had thought about recording an Ella tribute for a long time. Fitzgerald’s beloved songbook albums held “Biblical” importance for her when she was growing up and have never lost their hold on her.

On this new offering, Monheit pays joyous tribute to Ella while sharing a definitive portrait of herself, guided by her producer, arranger, and trumpet great, Nicholas Payton. Once she decided to make the dream project a reality, she had no trouble choosing titles. She jotted down a list of 25 titles “almost immediately.” She and Payton each narrowed the choices to a dozen and settled on the final list together.

Tickets are $40

The Undiscovered

Musical Theater Open Mic

November 01, 2018

Dust off your sheet music, warm up those vocal chords, and step into the spotlight! Join your fellow musical theater enthusiasts for a night of songs from The Great White Way. Come and see the finest of Hampton Roads’ Broadway-worthy talent. Those looking to sing may sign up at the door. Limited spots!

Suggested door donation $5

Profiles of Honor Mobile Museum

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

October 30, 2018

WWI & WWII Profiles of Honor Mobile Museum Tour

History is on the move as the World War I and World War II Profiles of Honor Mobile Museum travels to Zeiders American Dream Theater. The museum, free and open to the public, features stories and artifacts from dozens of Virginians who served in the wars. The tour is part of a statewide commemoration marking the 100th anniversary of World War I and the 75th anniversary of World War II. Not only can people come into the unit and learn about Virginians’ roles in both world conflicts, they can also bring personal artifacts related to the wars (photographs, letters, official documents) that can be scanned and made part of the Virginia Archives.

PLEASE NOTE: The mobile museum IS handicap accessible.

For more information contact The Z’s Community Liaison at [email protected]

The Madness Begins

presented by Virginia Sports Hall of Fame

October 30, 2018

Get ready for the start of the 2018-19 College Basketball Season at the NEW Zeiders American Dream Theater at Town Center in Virginia Beach!

JOIN OUR TEAM

The Madness Begins, will feature coaches, and award winning writers, helping to preview all things college basketball, with a particular focus on the ACC, CAA, MEAC and Conference USA;

  • Seth Davis – National college basketball analyst for CBS Sports. Managing Editor of The Athletic College Basketball, and 2-time New York Times best-selling author for books on college basketball. Davis will be appearing via satellite.
  • Jeff Jones – Head Coach, Old Dominion University Men’s Basketball. Entering his 27th season as a Division I head coach. 471 wins and 12 postseason appearances in his career as head coach at Virginia, American, and Old Dominion.
  • Robert Jones – Head Coach, Norfolk State University Men’s Basketball. Entering his 6th season as a Division I head coach. Has led Norfolk State to the postseason in 4 of his 5 seasons.
  • David Teel – Sports columnist for The Daily Press, and VSHF Media Inductee. 11-time Virginia Sportswriter of the Year, Teel covers the ACC for The Daily Press
  • Doug Doughty – Sports columnist for The Roanoke Times and VSHF Media Inductee. 3-time Virginia Sportswriter of the Year. Doughty covers the University of Virginia and the ACC for The Roanoke Times.
  • Ed Miller – Sportswriter for the Virginian Pilot. Miller covers Old Dominion University Athletics for the Pilot.

The event will be hosted by WTKR News Channel 3’s Sports Director, Adam Winkler. Winkler will moderate a panel discussion and Q&A sessions with the audience. Come ready to hear how far your favorite team can make it in March, and bring your questions!

All ages are welcome to attend.  Tickets are just $15.00 each

Thanks to our sponsors for this event, Optima Health, Ripley-Heatwole Company, Tidewater Home Funding, and Sales Systems Ltd.

presented by Virginia Sports Hall of Fame

Jimmy Pardo Live!

Standing Up Comedy

October 27, 2018

The Z is excited to announce Jimmy Pardo in a double-header on 27 October! Join us at 2pm for a live taping of Jimmy’s ground-breaking podcast “Never Not Funny,” and come back at 8pm for Jimmy doing standing-up comedy. Don’t miss the best detective in the room in a rare east coast appearance!

Jimmy Pardo has been seen on countless television shows, including “Conan,” “The Tonight Show,” “The Late Late Show,” “@midnight,” and most recently he hosted the critically acclaimed “Race To Escape” on Science Channel.

Never Not Funny is an award-winning weekly podcast hosted by comedian and TV personality Jimmy Pardo. Broadcasting since 2006, the show features freeform conversations between Pardo, his producer Matt Belknap and his sometimes famous, always funny friends. Now part of the Earwolf Network, the show gets half a million downloads a month and has appeared on Entertainment Weekly’s Must List, in Esquire, GQ and Billboard Magazine, and was named a top comedy podcast by iTunes, Mashable, and The AV Club.Notable past guests include: Conan O’Brien, Jon Hamm, Amy Poehler, Zach Galifianakis, Jon Cryer, Paul Reiser, Sarah Silverman, Richard Lewis, Bob Odenkirk, David Steinberg, Tom Bergeron, Tommy Shaw, Lisa Loeb, Anthony Rapp, Billy Eichner and Weird Al Yankovic.

Thriller Night

A Halloween Cabaret

October 25, 2018 to October 27, 2018

Conceived and directed by Lindsay Eure
Musical direction by Miguel Davis

A new revue style show to spook, provoke and thrill! This tongue in cheek cabaret will feature pop-rock radio tunes and songs from our favorite Halloween soundtracks performed by a small “creature cast” of the usual Halloween suspects.

$18 online

$20 at the door

*Door Price goes into effect 1 hour before show starts.

Halloweenie

presented by Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

October 20, 2018

Written by Anton Five

Directed by Mike Burnette

The ghosts that haunt the House of Halloweenie are hosting a party, and you are invited!  It’s time, once again, to throw the biggest bash for all the spirits across the land and celebrate the anniversary of Halloweenie – a happy place where monsters and spooks can do as they please.  But someone, or something doesn’t want to play by the rules.

Come watch three lovable ghosts try to fix the party and prevent a renegade revenant from wreaking havoc.  Don’t be tricked; this new play is a theatrical treat for all ages!

This play is appropriate for audiences of all ages, best enjoyed by those four years and up

Plan B Comedy Gets Spooky

A Comedy Variety Show

October 20, 2018

Plan B Comedy returns to the Z with their monthly sketch comedy show. We love these guys and you will too. Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy, and this time it’s Halloween inspired!

$15 online

$18 at the door

*Door Price goes into effect 1 hour before show starts. 

The Headless Hessian of Sleepy Hollow

Live From WVL Radio Theater

October 20, 2018

The intrepid actors of WVL Radio Theatre are back, this time with a series of classic American horror stories, including one by Edgar Allen Poe, a creative retelling of the Lizzie Borden axe murders, and of course a re-imagining of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Four actors, live sounds effects, and original music transport you back to 1946 when the imagination created horrors far more vivid than any that might actually be lurking in your living room… or your radio station….!

Buy one ticket and get half off another ticket!
For the 2pm show use code: HH2PM For the 8pm show use code: HH8PM

Power and Protest

Russian Ballet from the Time of the Tsars to the Era of Putin

October 18, 2018

presented by The World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads

Dr. Natalie Rouland

Dr. Natalie Rouland is Senior Advisor for the Billington Initiative at the Kennan Institute in Washington, D.C. A scholar of Russian literature, culture, and performing arts, Rouland is currently completing her first book Power on Pointe: Imperial Ballet and Russian Literature from Petersburg to Paris. She has taught Russian literature, language, and film courses at Wellesley College, Miami University, and Stanford University. Rouland holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. Her past awards include the Billington Fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Fellowship for the Study of Russia and Ballet at New York University’s Center for Ballet and the Arts, the Kluge Fellowship at the Library of Congress, the Fulbright-Hays Fellowship in St. Petersburg, the Geballe Fellowship at the Stanford Humanities Center, and the IIE Fulbright Fellowship in Moscow.   

Ladies of Laughter

The Funniest Ladies in America

October 13, 2018

The Ladies of Laughter features past winners and best talent from the national Ladies of Laughter National Competition.  Past participants include Amy Schumer, Tammy Pescatelli and Melissa Rauch from the “Big Bang Theory.”
What began as an award tribute to honor a supporter of women in comedy in New York City in the late nineties, has steadily grown to become THE “Career-builder” for women in comedy.”  Winners go on tour at theaters with the Ladies of Laughter Funny & Fabulous show and receive a boost to their career like no other.
For more information go to www.ladiesoflaughter.org
Featuring:

Olga Namer-2018 National Winner (Newcomer)

Olga Namer is a New York based stand-up comedian and actress who recently won the 2018 Ladies of Laughter competition. She’s completed all levels of UCB in sketch and Improv and studied under world-renowned acting coach Susan Batson in her Master Class for three years. In the book Mastering Stand-Up, Stephen Rosenfield said “Olga is funny. Very very funny. And when someone has a powerful comic voice inside of them, that comic voice pushes hard to get out.” Born in Brooklyn and raised in an orthodox Jewish home, Olga brings her unique point of view of life to her comedy that’s been described as “funny, honest, authentic, and sarcastic.” Inspired by Sarah Silverman and Larry David, Olga is currently working on her comedy hour about her life.

Caitlin Peluffo-2018 Ladies of Laughter Professional Runner-Up

Originally hailing from San Francisco, CA, Caitlin Peluffo is a comedian currently living in Brooklyn, NY. Peluffo has opened for comedians like Gilbert Gottfried, Gary Gulman, Colin Quinn, and the late Kevin Meany. She’s been featured every club in New York City to most nationwide talking about how she came to be such a lovable loose cannon.

Kelly Macfarland

In addition to being the 2016 Ladies of Laughter Professional winner at Turning Stone Resort Casino, Kelly has an extensive and well-rounded resume including comedy clubs, theaters, colleges and several television appearances.

LULO REINHARDT & DANIEL STELTER

Germany's Gypsy Swing Masters

October 12, 2018

Lulo Reinhardt & Daniel Stelter are famed solo guitarists throughout Europe who have gone on to even greater success as a duo. Whether playing a scorching lead or a cool rhythm, they bring new life to classics from Lulo’s great uncle, Django Reinhardt, to Duke Ellington. Each is a riveting soloist with a wide variety of styles and influences that extend from Argentina to Cuba and back to their German Gypsy roots.   After an appearance at the famed Ellnora Guitar Festival in Champaign IL in 2017, they will return to the United States in 2018 at The Z. 

LULO REINHARDT

Django Reinhardt left behind an indelible musical legacy, introducing and defining a passionate style of Gypsy Jazz guitar that was astonishing in the 1930’s and is still revered and emulated today. Born to a Gypsy family in Belgium, Django’s playing inspired his extended family in Germany and France, and successive generations of Reinhardts have reinforced his powerful musical vision and added their own ideas.  LULO REINHARDT, Django’s grand nephew, is a third generation master from Germany.  He has retained  the incredible Reinhardt soul, speed and dexterity  and updated the repertoire.

DANIEL STELTER

Daniel’s Stelter’s unique guitar style has made him a landmark musician in Germany’s Jazz scene. His sound encompasses jazz, pop and classical music. Since 2003 Stelter has been enhancing his own signature sound. Today he is a guitarist in demand, well-known on German jazz stages.

The concert will take place in the Main Stage Theater

Omoiyari

A Song Film by Kishi Bashi

October 07, 2018

The 2018 Proteus Film Festival concludes at 1 PM on Sunday, 7 October at the Z. Saturday night’s music headliner, Kishi Bashi, will preview clips from his upcoming song film “Omoiyari” in a moderated discussion led by Jeff Fine, filmmaker and producer at WHRO-TV.

Omoiyari is a Japanese word that means to have sympathy and compassion towards another person; a universal concept in human interaction that is required for a sustainable society. It is the bedrock of the film.

Kishi Bashi explores how empathy and the lack of it has played key roles in our modern quest for social equality.

Find out more information about the film and view the trailer HERE!

This special preview and discussion of the film in progress will be in the Studio Theater at the Z and is open to all badge holders and Sunday wrist bands.

Kishi Bashi

String Quartet Live!

October 06, 2018

Violinist, singer and composer, Kishi Bashi, released his sophomore album titled Lighght, in May 2014. Taking its title from the one-word poem by minimalist poet Aram Saroyan, Lighght (pronounced “Light”) continues and expands the sound of his critically acclaimed debut, 151a, which earned Kishi Bashi the title of “Best New Artist” for 2012 by NPR.

Though violin remains his primary instrument and songwriting muse, Kishi Bashi has expanded his palette to include more diverse and nuanced instrumentation on Lighght. Bright and soaring avant-pop songs are prevalent, as are Eastern-tinged arrangements, gentle ballads, Philip Glass inspired improvisations, and more than a few moments that flirt with ‘70s prog (in the tradition of ELO or Yes). If this sounds jarringly kaleidoscopic, that’s because it is. But it works.

Kishi Bashi will also be here leading a discussion on his work, Omoiyari, a film about positive social change through art, music, and empathy. This film will also be shown at Proteus Festival! You can read more about Omoiyari HERE!

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Proteus Festival

Grand Opening Event

October 05, 2018 to October 07, 2018

Proteus Festival presents a series of unique performances, presentations, and original works in three creative disciplines: music, theater, and film. A festival badge allows admission to all events on a first-come, first-served basis for the entire festival. Coupled with performances and film screenings, there are panel discussions with artists, producers, directors, and other creative professionals; participatory public art installations; afterparties and networking meet ups; and pop-up artistic and culinary surprises.

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Get more Proteus here!

Festival Sponsor: 

The Hunts

Studio Theater Premier Performance!

October 05, 2018

The Hunts are an indie-alternative-folk band comprised of seven brothers and sisters. Born and raised in the south lands of Chesapeake, Virginia, the siblings grew up in a musical home and fell in love with composing their own music. Josh (guitar, lead vocals), Jenni (violin, lead vocals), Jonathan (keys, vocals), Jordan (drums, vocals), Justin (bass, vocals), Jamison (mandolin, vocals) and Jessi (viola, banjo, vocals) pour their blood, sweat and tears into every song and strive to write music that moves hearts with beauty, power and joy.

With over 10 million listens on Spotify and tours with X Ambassadors and The Fray, The Hunts will headline the Friday Night Studio Theater Premier Performance on October 5, during Proteus Festival!

Studio Headliner Sponsored by 

You can see The Hunts by grabbing a Proteus Festival pass when they go on sale in late July!

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The Word

AN OPEN MIC FOR POETS, STORYTELLERS AND FABULISTS

August 23, 2018

The Word is in collaboration with The Muse Writers Center, Hampton Roads Writers, and Tidewater Writers.

The Word welcomes diverse voices and fans of poetry, spoken word, and all forms of creative writing. We encourage all ages and backgrounds to come together and share in the mutual adoration of words. The Z provides a platform for writers to share their work while fostering a comfortable, laid-back, and encouraging atmosphere. This is your chance to take the mic! Read your own work or share a favorite.

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE AT COLD PRESSED IN TOWN CENTER

Cold Pressed has been kind enough to be a good neighbor and host us while we await the completion of our new home!

Admission is a suggested $5 donation.

Those looking to speak/perform may sign up at the door. Limited spots!

 

Plan B Comedy

An Improv Show!

June 24, 2018

Plan B Comedy brings their unique energy and fun to The Z for an improv show! This is the final show at The Z before we move!!! Absolute last! It’s all made up on the spot based on suggestions from you, the audience. We literally can’t do it without you!

$10 online

$15 at the door

Mitch Barrett

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

June 23, 2018

Award winning singer, songwriter and storyteller Mitch Barrett draws from his Appalachian heritage in celebrating the joys and struggles of everyday life. This 2009 Telluride Troubadour and 2 time Merlefest winner brings the philosophy of the mountains to the contemporary stage in story & song.

AppalachianFunkyFolksyRastaBluesman Mitch Barrett is one of Kentucky’s most sought-after and talented singer, songwriter and storytellers. Mitch’s music draws from his Appalachian heritage and the values it instilled: agrarian work ethic, simple living, the importance of family and celebrating the joys and the struggles of everyday life through music and song.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

Sponsored by 

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

WORKSHOP – Mitch Barrett

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

June 23, 2018

We are really excited to offer a special workshop with award-winning songwriter & storyteller Mitch Barrett on Saturday, June 23rd from 1-3 PM. Mitch will be performing later that evening as part of our partnership with Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music, and we’ve asked him to come in earlier to share his unique skill with all interested comers. Mitch’s workshop is a great way for performers of all kinds, from actors to songwriters to storytellers, to add new skills to their repertoire and discover fresh approaches for connecting with an audience. An example of Mitch’s style can be found on YouTube here:

The workshop is only $30, and is limited to 15 participants.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

PLEASE NOTE: THIS LINK IS NOT FOR TICKETS TO THE EVENING CONCERT.

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

The Word

AN OPEN MIC FOR POETS, STORYTELLERS AND FABULISTS

June 21, 2018

The Word is in collaboration with The Muse Writers Center, Hampton Roads Writers, and Tidewater Writers.

The Word welcomes diverse voices and fans of poetry, spoken word, and all forms of creative writing. We encourage all ages and backgrounds to come together and share in the mutual adoration of words. The Z provides a platform for writers to share their work while fostering a comfortable, laid-back, and encouraging atmosphere. This is your chance to take the mic! Read your own work or share a favorite.

Admission is a suggested $5 donation.

Those looking to speak/perform may sign up at the door. Limited spots!

 

All-Star Cabaret Show

Final Cabaret of the season!

June 16, 2018

It’s no good sitting alone in your room- come hear the music play! The evening of Saturday, 16 June is your one chance to catch a handful of performers from the last two-and-a-half years of cabaret at the Z before we go dark over the summer and move into our new theater. Stick around afterwards and enjoy Plan B’s final performance at our original location immediately afterwards!”

Plan B Goes Back In Time

A Comedy Variety Show

June 16, 2018

Grab your plutonium for your flux capacitor and join us as Plan B Comedy returns to the Z with their monthly and FINAL sketch comedy show before we move to our new home.  We love these guys and you will too. Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy.

$10 online
$15 at the door

 

Maurice Dickson

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

June 09, 2018

You could be forgiven for asking yourself: “Now where have I seen that face before? “Truth is, if you have been floating around Europe for the past 15 years or so, you might well have seen Maurice Dickson, if it was Monday, it must have been Germany …or was it Spain, Portugal, Holland, Belgium, France, North Africa …or the Canary Islands. As they say in Scotland, a stone’s throw from Maurice’s native Northern Ireland, he has `earned his spurs’. The long journey began in 1975 when he started playing, singing and writing. A year later, aged 16 he put together his first band, which belted out his own material and cover versions of the day until 1979 when he traded his engineer’s overalls for the insecurity of a life on the road. Setting off with a guitar, a sleeping bag and £75, he spent four-and-a-half years slogging it round Europe and North Africa, learning the tricks that only that kind of experience can give an artist – how to judge an audience, how to hook it, how to play it, how to reel it in and put it in the bag.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

Sponsored by 

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

Coffee At Our House

Variety Hour at The Z

June 03, 2018

Creativity comes in all forms at this community infused variety show! See a VB School Board member belt out a showtune! Hear a lawyer play a tune on his sax! We will even hear from one of Armada Hoffler’s construction project managers about the creativity that is going into the building of our new theater! Sing alongs will be part of the fun too!

We are asking everyone to bring some small water bottles and/or juice boxes for From One Hand to Another, a local non-profit providing summer camp programs to at-risk and low income students. We are partnering with them this summer, offering entrepreneurship & dream mapping workshops, and would love to add this kind of support from our community-minded organization to theirs.

For more information email [email protected]

Suggested donation of $5.

A partnership with   

Plan B Comedy

An Improv Show!

June 02, 2018

Plan B Comedy brings their unique energy and fun to The Z for an improv show! It’s all made up on the spot based on suggestions from you, the audience. We literally can’t do it without you!

$10 online

$15 at the door

The Orange Ave Project

Inspired by true stories

May 25, 2018 to May 27, 2018

Conceived and Written by Connor Norton, Haley Sullivan, and Colin Asercion
Co-Directed by Connor Norton & AJ Palacio

The following are the true accounts of those affected by the Pulse Nightclub tragedy that occurred on June 12th, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Some names are subject to be changed to protect identities. When tragedy affects the Orlando community, how do we respond? how do we treat ourselves and others? and how do those actions affect the world beyond a tragedy that’s already shaken a generation of this nation’s people to it’s core? These are just some of the loaded questions 80 people, over 350 hours of recorded stories and news articles, and more than a year of work hope to bring to a stage in front of you and lead us to the challenging conversations America needs to have.

This will be a Workshop Production; the actors may refer to scripts, there will be fairly complete costumes, and theatrical lighting.

DAVY CROCKETT’S TREMENDOUSLY TALL TALES

presented by Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

May 19, 2018

“King of the Wild Frontier” is a name befitting a Tennessee hero with a coonskin cap… but what if there are not one, not two, but three such heroes competing for the title? There’s only one way to tell the real from the imposter: A Tall Tale Telling Tournament! 
Join Davy Crockett, Davy Crockett, and Davy Crockett on a trip through the folklore and tall tales of the American frontier. Enjoy familiar characters such as Paul Bunyan, Babe the Blue Ox and Johnny Appleseed, and also some not so familiar characters… like hoop-snakes and hide-behinds! Interactive and hilarious; a wonderful adventure for every age.

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

Plan B Gets A Checkup

a comedy variety show

May 19, 2018

Plan B Comedy returns to the Z with their monthly sketch comedy show. Mysterious and mystical comedy from the those meddling Plan B Comedy members. We love these guys and you will too. Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy.

$10 online

$15 at the door

Plan B Jam

Free Improv Jam!

May 16, 2018

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

I (Heart) Mom

Mother's Day Cabaret!

May 13, 2018

Our cabaret showcase returns with this Mother’s Day matinee. Up-and-coming performers join together to take turns on the small stage in tribute to mothers the world over. This jewel of a show is the perfect centerpiece of your Mother’s Day plans!

Conceived and Directed by Lindsay Eure

Roy Book Binder – Live at The Z

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

May 12, 2018

Roy Book Binder has been rambling around the world for the past 45 years! He gave up his Greenwich Village “pad” in the early 1970’s and lived in his “Tour Bus” for the next 15 years criss crossing the US and appearing at festivals throughout Canada & Europe.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

Sponsored by 

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

Plan B Comedy

AN IMPROV SHOW!

May 05, 2018

Plan B Comedy brings their unique energy and fun to The Z for an improv show! It’s all made up on the spot based on suggestions from you, the audience. We literally can’t do it without you!

$10 online

$15 at the door

Chris Van Cleave

Live at The Z!

May 04, 2018

Chris Van Cleave, the multi-talented singer songwriter returns to The Z with a brand new show! A one night cabaret that combines songs from shows Chris himself has starred in (including HAIR, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, LES MISERABLES, CHESS, MAN OF LA MANCHA) and selections of his own songs written in various genres with Bart Kuebler on piano.

$18 online

$20 at the door

Sponsored by 

The Undiscovered

Musical Theater Open Mic

May 03, 2018

Dust off your sheet music, warm up those vocal chords, and step into the spotlight! Join your fellow musical theater enthusiasts for a night of songs from The Great White Way. Come and see the finest of Hampton Roads’ Broadway-worthy talent. Those looking to sing may sign up at the door. Limited spots!

Suggested door donation $5

Plan B Jam

Free Improv Jam!

May 02, 2018

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

Starship Shenanigans

presented by Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

April 28, 2018

Blast off this April with Starship Shenanigans! A fun and interactive, interstellar experience.
The Universe need a laugh. And so do we. The brave crew of the Starship Shenanigan is on a quest to find the perfect joke. Join the space team, travelling to distant planets, in their search to tickle the galactic funny bone. During your journey, you’ll meet a robot named A. Bot, his mechanic, Lou, the starship Captain Zongo, and a cast of zany, intergalactic characters who know a good joke when they hear one. There are billions and billions of jokes, but in the far reaches of space, no one can hear the punchline.

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

To Winfield and Back – Live at the Z

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

April 28, 2018

Travis Bowman is an acoustic guitarist/harp guitarist from Little Rock, AR. Travis placed 2nd in the 2017 Winfield International Finger-Style Competition. Travis won Ernie Ball’s Acoustic Prodigy Contest in 2014, and released his debut album “Warmth and Green Paper” that same year. First heavily influenced by blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan,Travis turned to fingerstyle after a high school teacher suggested he learn “Little Martha” by Duane Allman. From there he found the music of Leo Kottke, Michael Hedges, Andy McKee, Antoine Dufour, Stephen Bennett, and Masa Sumide.

Matt Thomas was already credited in the world of fingerstyle guitar and now he’s just placed 3rd at the 2017 Windfield International Finger-Style Competition. He haswon 1st place in both contemporary thumbpicking and open style at the “Home of The Legends International Thumbpicking Competition”. The following year, he returned to be inducted into the Thumbpickers Hall-of-Fame and was asked to compete again which resulted in another 1st place win in contemporary fingerstyle, and 2nd in traditional thumbpicking.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

Sponsored by 

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

…Dot Dot Dot…

A Kind of Cabaret with Bart and Shea

April 27, 2018

The unexpected is the norm with unique takes on songs ancient and modern. Chanteuse and raconteuse chimerically meld as Shea spins yarns and weaves tapestries of tales and tones.

$18 online

$20 at the door

Sponsored by 

Plan B In The Key of D

a comedy variety show

April 21, 2018

Plan B Comedy returns to the Z with their monthly sketch comedy show.  We love these guys and you will too. Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy.

$10 online

$15 at the door

The Word

AN OPEN MIC FOR POETS, STORYTELLERS AND FABULISTS

April 19, 2018

The Word is in collaboration with The Muse Writers Center, Hampton Roads Writers, and Tidewater Writers.

The Word welcomes diverse voices and fans of poetry, spoken word, and all forms of creative writing. We encourage all ages and backgrounds to come together and share in the mutual adoration of words. The Z provides a platform for writers to share their work while fostering a comfortable, laid-back, and encouraging atmosphere. This is your chance to take the mic! Read your own work or share a favorite.

Admission is a suggested $5 donation.

Those looking to speak/perform may sign up at the door. Limited spots!

 

Plan B Jam

Free Improv Jam!

April 18, 2018

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

Christie Lenée – Live at The Z

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

April 14, 2018

Christie Lenée’s unique guitar work is often compared to visionaries like Michael Hedges, Joni Mitchell and Dave Matthews, delivering profound instrumental compositions with heartfelt, consciously uplifting songs. Christie’s pieces have been showcased at the NAMM Show in Anaheim and Nashville, live on National Television and Radio, on stage with artists such as Tim Reynolds (guitarist for Dave Matthews Band), Andy McKee, Tommy Emmanuel, Amy Ray from the Indigo Girls and Stanley Jordan to name a few. Her most recent album “STAY” was one of three finalists for “Best CD of 2016” (Indie Acoustic Project Awards), in addition to the song “Love Who You Are” nominated for a 2016 Posi Award in the category “Songs for Personal Transformation.”

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

Sponsored by 

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

Plan B Jam

Free Improv Jam!

April 11, 2018

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

Plan B Comedy

AN IMPROV SHOW!

April 07, 2018 to April 08, 2018

Plan B Comedy brings their unique energy and fun to The Z for an improv show! It’s all made up on the spot based on suggestions from you, the audience. We literally can’t do it without you!

$10 online

$15 at the door

Miss. Understood

By Meredith Noel

April 06, 2018 to April 08, 2018

A group of womanist theory students find literature and reality intersecting in the classroom as they wait for their professor to arrive. They begin analyzing text without their instructor present but quickly turn their focus on each other as they wrestle with questions of place, space, and authenticity. Full of comedy, introspection, wit, sarcasm, and self-examination, this one-act dramedy takes the gloves off and pulls no punches.

The Undiscovered

Musical Theater Open Mic

March 29, 2018

Dust off your sheet music, warm up those vocal chords, and step into the spotlight! Join your fellow musical theater enthusiasts for a night of songs from The Great White Way. Come and see the finest of Hampton Roads’ Broadway-worthy talent. Those looking to sing may sign up at the door. Limited spots!

Suggested door donation $5

Pam Rose – Live at The Z

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

March 24, 2018

Few voices have the power to cut to the bone like Pam Rose’s. Layer that over her profound songwriting gift and her consummate musicianship on an assortment of instruments, and you begin to get a glimpse of a real artist.

With longtime writing partner Mary Ann Kennedy, Rose has been nominated for two Grammy Awards, and has won praise for her powerful alliance with Mary Ann as the acclaimed duo Kennedy Rose. The twosome won the ear of rock star Sting and recorded two CDs for his private label Pangaea Records. As an added treat, they were asked to open for him on one of his World Tours. As special guests of Emmylou Harris, Kennedy Rose also performed twice for President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton, and later at the Nobel Peace Prize Presentation in Oslo, Norway. As a solo artist, she has been touring with guitar virtuosos John Jorgenson and Tommy Emmanuel, and has recently rejoined Mary Ann Kennedy and Emmylou Harris to do an acoustic tour of Europe and North America in 2006 and 2007.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music 

Sponsored by 

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

Around the World in 80 Days

presented by Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

March 24, 2018

This March, take two explorers: add equal parts grand adventure, geography, and suspense. Dash of silliness to taste. 
It’s the turn of the century and the world as we know it is only now being defined. Borders are expanding; horizons are broadening. Despite the new era, do you think you could travel the world in Eighty Days? Well, I say: “Challenge Accepted”! The explorers need YOUR help to make this the trip of a lifetime! Based on the classic novel by Jules Verne, This interactive play will delight children of all ages. Will our explorers make it across the globe on schedule? Only time will tell…

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

Plan B Jam

Free Improv Jam!

March 21, 2018

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

It’s Not St. Patrick’s Day Is It?! with Plan B

a comedy variety show

March 17, 2018

Plan B Comedy returns to the Z with their monthly sketch comedy show. We love these guys and you will too. Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy.

$10 online

$15 at the door

The Green Fields of Americay

A NEW Cabaret

March 16, 2018 to March 23, 2018

A new, specially-written revue-style cabaret re-telling the story of an Irish immigrant couple and their journey from Cork to New York. The ship docks at the Z just in time for St. Patrick’s day!

Performances Run:

March 16 & 17

March 22 & 23

Wyatt Easterling – Live at the Z

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

March 10, 2018

Easterling’s career has been full of chart-topping songs including cuts with Dierks Bentley, Joe Diffie, Billy Joe Royal, Paul Thorn, Neal McCoy, Sons of the Desert, Robbie Hecht and others but these days, Easterling is embracing the life of a troubadour, focusing his energy on bringing his music and his stories directly to his audience. His new CD, Divining Rod, was produced by Chris Rosser. This refreshingly intimate, Folk/Americana album is a bit of a departure from Wyatt’s previous Nashville recordings and highlights, even further, the strength of his songwriting.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

Sponsored by 

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

Plan B Jam

Free Improv Jam!

March 07, 2018

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

Plan B Comedy

AN IMPROV SHOW!

March 03, 2018

Plan B Comedy brings their unique energy and fun to The Z for an improv show! It’s all made up on the spot based on suggestions from you, the audience. We literally can’t do it without you!

$10 online

$15 at the door

Daniel Champagne – Live at the Z

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

February 24, 2018

Now regarded as a leading light in acoustic music, with a firm reputation for making festivals buzz, holding crowds in his palm, dropping jaws and breaking guitars wherever he goes. Daniel Champagne has relocated to North America where he continues his exciting career as an international touring and recording artist.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

Sponsored by 

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

ROBOTS!

Presented by Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

February 24, 2018

Far, far into the future, in a world almost exactly like our own, something else rules the earth. Something metal. Something with lots of buttons. Something… robotic. 
Greetings, fellow science fanatics! Welcome to SciTech Industries. Step into our time machine as we set the clock forward a few hundred years, and visit an age where humans share the landscape with chrome counterparts capable of causing countless calamities. Never travelled through time and space? No problem! We have taken every precaution to ensure a safe futuristic experience. Of course, the last time our scientists travelled through time there were a few- minor- glitches… but, nothing to worry about! After all, surely they’ve worked out all the kinks by now. How many times can time travel go wrong?
Take a little trip this February for our most exciting, most high-tech, most futurey adventure yet: “Robots!” Great for all ages.

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

Shea Seger: Chanteuse

An Evening of Songs

February 23, 2018

Shea Seger lets her inner chanteuse out for an unusual evening of covers and classics in an intimate cabaret format. Accompanied only by piano and the occasional guitar, Shea spellbinds with her dreamlike songcraft and glimmering presence.

Sponsored by 

The Word

AN OPEN MIC FOR POETS, STORYTELLERS AND FABULISTS

February 22, 2018

The Word is in collaboration with The Muse Writers Center, Hampton Roads Writers, and Tidewater Writers.

The Word welcomes diverse voices and fans of poetry, spoken word, and all forms of creative writing. We encourage all ages and backgrounds to come together and share in the mutual adoration of words. The Z provides a platform for writers to share their work while fostering a comfortable, laid-back, and encouraging atmosphere. This is your chance to take the mic! Read your own work or share a favorite.

Admission is a suggested $5 donation.

Those looking to speak/perform may sign up at the door. Limited spots!

Plan B Jam

Free Improv Jam!

February 21, 2018

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

Plan B Comedy: the Case of the Missing Shadow

A Comedy Variety Show

February 17, 2018

Plan B Comedy returns to the Z with their monthly sketch comedy show. Mysterious and mystical comedy from the those meddling Plan B Comedy members.  We love these guys and you will too. Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy

Tickets online $10

Tickets at the door $15

Melissa Aldana – Live at the Z

New music from "back Home" EP Release

February 15, 2018

Chilean native Melissa Aldana is the 2013 Winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, one of the most compelling and prodigious tenor saxophonists of her time. Melissa brings her quartet of bassist Pablo Menares, pianist Mike King, and drummer Tommy Crane to the Z for two sets on the 15th. More info at www.melissaaldana.com

5 Reasons t0 see Melissa Aldana!

Sponsored by 

Sex on Broadway

A Valentine's Cabaret

February 14, 2018 to February 17, 2018

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! The Broadway stage is no stranger to drama, comedy, or sex- and often all three at once! Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Z with an evening of torch songs, romance, and ribaldry. Our funny, touching, and sexy Valentine card arrives again at the Z for Valentine’s day and the following weekend.

Sex on Broadway is sponsored in part by:

Dave Murphy with Rob Wolfe – Live at the Z

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

February 10, 2018

On his appropriately titled American Landscape, Dave Murphy is both a lonesome-voiced Troubadour who sings like a heart newly bruised by distance and longing and an astute observer and chronicler of the American condition. He narrates his tales with wit and brevity. On “Fading Taillights,” Murphy plays the role of the lover choosing to jilt rather than be jilted. Murphy evokes the time and distance of the lost American highway and the poignant role it plays in every American songwriter’s imagination. Half a lifetime of the travel, stories and portraits he has experienced finally has distilled into this lush and resonant collection titled American Landscape.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

Sponsored by 

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

WHRO Classical Music Open Mic

FREE event with WHRO!

February 09, 2018

Classical Open Mic comes to Virginia Beach! Join us for a fun, relaxed evening celebrating the vibrancy of our local classical music community, with host Wayla J. Chambo, Flutist

– Classical musicians of all ages are invited to perform a solo or chamber work (under 10 minutes, please).
– You can sign up to play by commenting here or sending a Facebook message, emailing [email protected], or calling 757-889-9474.
– Please tell us your name, instrument, and the title, composer, and length of the piece you want to play (10 minutes max).
– We will provide three music stands; if you need additional stands, please bring your own.

For more information visit the Facebook Event page below.

Plan B Jam

Free Improv Jam!

February 07, 2018

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

Plan B Comedy

An Improv Show!

February 03, 2018

Plan B Comedy brings their unique energy and fun to The Z for an improv show! It’s all made up on the spot based on suggestions from you, the audience. We literally can’t do it without you!

$10 online

$15 at the door

The Undiscovered

Musical Theater Open Mic

February 01, 2018

Back by popular demand! Dust off your sheet music, warm up those vocal chords, and step into the spotlight! Join your fellow musical theater enthusiasts for a night of songs from The Great White Way. Come and see the finest of Hampton Roads’ Broadway-worthy talent. Those looking to sing may sign up at the door. Limited spots!

Suggested door donation $5

Plan B Jam

Free Improv Jam!

January 31, 2018

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

The Princess and The Pea

Presented by Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

January 27, 2018

Princess Leguma has a problem. While travelling far from her home, she is separated from her parents and is lost. A friend escorts her back to her castle only to find that it has been taken over by Lima, an evil queen who refuses to believe Leguma’s story. Queen Lima insists that Leguma prove herself as the princess of the castle, and the rightful heir. And so, Princess Leguma must stand trial to prove to the Kingdom and to herself that she’s the princess she says she is. CTHR’s “The Princess and the Pea” is a delightful new take on the classic fairytale!

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

Buddy Mondlock – Live at the Z

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

January 27, 2018

Buddy Mondlock writes songs. He does it so well that some great songwriters have recorded his songs on their own albums. Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith, and Janis Ian, to name just a few. You mightʼve heard his song “The Kid” (recorded by David Wilcox, Peter, Paul and Mary and Cry, Cry, Cry) and maybe even sung it yourself around a campfire. He draws you into his world – where a single snowflake follows the trajectory of a relationship, where you get you pocket picked by a Roman cat, where you might swim over the edge of the world if youʼre not careful and where dreams that donʼt come true still count.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

Sponsored by 

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

Veterans Open Mic Night

with Armed Services Arts Partnership

January 25, 2018

The Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) and The Z are excited to bring open mic for veterans, service members, and military family members. This open mic will be open to all types of performers – from comics to storytellers to musicians – and it will provide a platform for veteran artists to showcase their talents, express themselves, and have their voices heard in front of members of the local community. We invite all veterans, service members, military families, and caregivers to apply to perform or read their work.

All performance spots have been filled, but we encourage you to come out and support these veterans!

This event is $5 suggested donation at the door. All proceeds from ticket sales will directly support the programming of ASAP and The Z, respectively.

Plan B Goes Gluten Free

A Comedy Variety Show

January 20, 2018

A healthy alternative for your comedic lifestyle. Plan B Comedy is locally sourced and organic, and chock full of laughter. Plan B Comedy returns to the Z with their monthly sketch comedy show. We love these guys and you will too. Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy

Tickets online $10

Tickets at the door $15

See Rock City

By Arlene Hutton

January 19, 2018 to January 21, 2018

Picking up a year after the ending of Arlene Hutton’s critically acclaimed Last Train to Nibroc, this tender and funny sequel follows May and Raleigh through the end of World War II and introduces the characters of their two mothers-in-law. A medical condition keeps Raleigh from military service, and he is forced to sit idly on the porch, watching the cars drive by, as May supports them both as a high-school principal. Faced with daily rejection letters for his writing, constant criticism from his mother and taunts of cowardice from townspeople, Raleigh fights to find meaning in his new life. When tragedy strikes the family and May loses her job to returning soldiers, she discovers she must make an unimaginable sacrifice to save her relationship with Raleigh. This tender portrayal of married life, set against the backdrop of World War II, shows the best of the human spirit and its ability to overcome any and all obstacles.

Tickets to SEE ROCK CITY are a $10 donation at the door only the day of the performance. Credit cards will be accepted.

Grotesquerie Lake

A New Musical by James Rubio

January 12, 2018 to January 14, 2018

When the carnival comes to Youngstown in the summer of 1976, recent high school graduate and aspiring amateur magician Frank gets drawn into the enchanted world behind the curtains. His skill in the shooting galleries makes him a hero to the barkers, carnies, and townspeople as it simultaneously makes him a marked man in the eyes of the wizard behind the carnival’s trickery.

This will be a Studio Reading; the actors will have script in hand, there will be some scenic elements and projections, minimal costumes, and theatrical lighting.

Zeiders American Dream Theater is funded in part by the citizens of Virginia Beach through a grant from the City of Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission.

Shea Seger A-Caroling

Sing-a-long concert

December 17, 2017

Join the Z’s resident artist Shea Seger for an evening of sing-along holiday music and good cheer. Shea and friends celebrate in her unique style, informed by sojourns in London, the Texas Hill Country, and Virginia. This special Sunday show on 17 December is the perfect end to a busy weekend or start to a peaceful week!

Sponsored by 

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

Presented by Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

December 16, 2017

Based on the holiday classic from the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: the incomparable L. Frank Baum.

Where did Santa Claus come from? In this timeless tale, the beloved symbol of Christmas is placed into the world of imaginative folklore. From his humble beginnings in an enchanted forest of mythical creatures to his toy deliveries to all the world’s children, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus is a must see for everyone this holiday season.

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

Plan B Keeps the Gift Receipt

A Comedy Variety Show

December 16, 2017

Deck the halls with sketch comedy. Plan B Comedy returns to the Z with their monthly sketch comedy show. Stuffed with brand new tidings of festive comedy! We love these guys and you will too. Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy

Tickets online $10

Tickets at the door $15

Holidivas

A Holiday Cabaret

December 14, 2017 to December 16, 2017

The Z’s annual end-of-year holiday show featuring a diverse collection of divas returns for one weekend only! Celebrate the magic of the holidays with songs both old and new sung by some very talented divas! Put on your best holiday garb or ugliest sweater and watch these Holidivas sweet talk you, serenade you, touch your heart and tickle your funny bone. The perfect show during this cheery, frustrating, festive and chaotic time of year.

Sponsored by 

Little Doors – Live at the Z

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

December 09, 2017

Little Doors is a musical group that wanders through this seemingly endless canon of great songs, gathering tunes like shells on the beach and taking them home to enjoy again and again. Simply presented with vocals, guitar and upright bass, these songs take the listener to a place in their past; a place of nostalgia evoking forgotten joys or heartaches, sometimes with a fresh appreciation that comes from having been away from an old friend for too long.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

Sponsored by 

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

Evan Hannah Winter Special

Pop Up Holiday Extra!

December 07, 2017

Inspired by his favorite holiday specials over the years, Evan Hannah’s Winter Special explores a story about how the most unexpected people can remind you that the holidays are still a time for love, fun, and joy when you need it the most. Featuring Special Guests: Dustin Furlow, Kaleeha Charles, Kayin’Cemal, and more! It’s a vibe you don’t want to miss.

Plan B Comedy

An Improv Show!

December 02, 2017

Plan B Comedy brings their unique energy and fun to The Z for an improv show! It’s all made up on the spot based on suggestions from you, the audience. We literally can’t do it without you!

$10 online

$15 at the door

Plan B Comedy Leftovers Edition

A Sketch Show

November 25, 2017

Plan B Comedy is coming over for holiday leftovers. Watch Plan B perform some scripted sketch comedy that’ll cure that holiday food coma and leave you asking for seconds! Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy.

The Writers Block

FREE event with WHRO!

November 19, 2017

The Writer’s Block features live performances of local writers, poets, and storytellers along with music by a regional musician. For November, all performances will be centered on a theme: Home & Hearth. We hope you will join us to hear some of the greatest talent in Hampton Roads.

Theme: Home & Hearth
Musical Guest: Michael Glass

Want to be a part of the show? Submit your work to be considered.

James Lee Stanley – Live at the Z

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

November 18, 2017

It is only a long lived singer-songwriter career that lets James Lee Stanley unite the unpredictable creative turns and the eclectic elements that make up his world. His remarkable ability as a vocalist and composer allow him to create songs, each recorded with a finely crafted with guitar orchestrations that enhance the lyric. But a whole new dimension is added when James Lee performs live. These incredible songs, coupled with his outrageously hilarious repartee, make for an evening of hilarity and tenderness and one of the most entertaining concerts on the circuit.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

Sponsored by TowneBank

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

The Odyssey (Abbreviated): Or, Homer Writes a Poem

Presented by Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

November 18, 2017

The clock is ticking. The deadline is looming. And Homer, a student of poetry, is running out of time. After weeks and weeks and weeks of dragging his feet, Homer’s writing assignment is due. The subject? Greek mythology. The task? Compose the longest, most exciting, most fantastical, most adventurous poem ever written: The Odyssey!

Set sail with Odysseus on his journey after the Trojan Wars. Along the way he’ll encounter the Gods of Mount Olympus, outsmart Polyphemus the Cyclops, skirt the island of the Sirens, battle mythical monsters and, with any luck, make it home before dinner.
This November, let CTHR take your family on the most epic of journeys: The Odyssey!

Presented By Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

Grateful

Fall Cabaret Showcase

November 17, 2017

Hope. Optimism. Silver linings. Sometimes they seem in short supply, but even in the midst of tragedy, there is always something to be thankful for. Join us in celebrating life, love, and one another as these talented up and coming performers share songs from the heart that are sure to inspire and uplift. GRATEFUL is the perfect way to swing into the season with an attitude of gratitude.

Conceived and Directed by Lindsay Eure

Plan B Jam

Free Improv Jam

November 15, 2017

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

Plan B Comedy

An Improv Show!

November 11, 2017

Plan B Comedy brings their unique energy and fun to The Z for an improv show! It’s all made up on the spot based on suggestions from you, the audience. We literally can’t do it without you!

Shea Seger and Friends

Live at the Z!

November 10, 2017

We welcome Shea Seger, an American singer songwriter who has toured with John Mayer. With a voice that at times recalls the delicate vulnerability of Olivia Newton John, the sultry swagger of Sheryl Crow, the direct irony of Ani DiFranco. She is a combination of heavy modern percussion, singer/songwriter intimacy, bluesy drawl, and effortless pop hooks.

The Undiscovered

Musical Theater Open Mic

November 09, 2017

Back by popular demand! Dust off your sheet music, warm up those vocal chords, and step into the spotlight! Join your fellow musical theater enthusiasts for a night of songs from The Great White Way. Come and see the finest of Hampton Roads’ Broadway-worthy talent. Those looking to sing may sign up at the door. Limited spots!

Suggested door donation $5

The Word

An Open Mic for Poets, Storytellers and Fabulists

November 02, 2017

The Word welcomes diverse voices and fans of poetry, spoken word, and all forms of creative writing. We encourage all ages and backgrounds to come together and share in the mutual adoration of words. The Z provides a platform for writers to share their work while fostering a comfortable, laid-back, and encouraging atmosphere. This is your chance to take the mic! Read your own work or share a favorite.

Admission is a suggested $5 donation.

Those looking to speak/perform may sign up at the door. Limited spots!

Plan B Jam

Free Improv Jam

November 01, 2017

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

Moonshiner

A Musical Fabulism by Bart Kuebler

October 27, 2017 to October 29, 2017

In the closing days of October, 1952, an up-and-coming cabaret singer pays a visit to a washed-up private eye on the outskirts of Chicago. What he discovers about her mild-mannered husband and his peculiar relationship with orbital bodies leads to even wilder revelations about each of them, and to a moment of truth with an unexpected visitor.

Joe Crookston – Live at the Z

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

October 21, 2017

Songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. Named 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in- Residence and signed to Tamulevich Artist Management along with John Gorka and Peter Yarrow.

He’ll surprise you and awaken the cynics. He’s plumbing for lyrical gold like a social archeologist. His songs are universal, his rhythm infectious and in concert, he is funny as hell one moment and transcendent the next.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

Sponsored by TowneBank

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

Shea Seger and Friends

Live at the Z!

October 20, 2017

We welcome Shea Seger, an American singer songwriter who has toured with John Mayer. With a voice that at times recalls the delicate vulnerability of Olivia Newton John, the sultry swagger of Sheryl Crow, the direct irony of Ani DiFranco. She is a combination of heavy modern percussion, singer/songwriter intimacy, bluesy drawl, and effortless pop hooks.

Sponsored by Towne Bank

Plan B Jam

Free Improv Jam

October 18, 2017

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

Mixtape Monday

Featured Speaker Series

October 16, 2017

Veteran local celebrity host Joe Flanagan will quiz two diverse speakers on what they do and let you in the audience join in with your own questions and observations.

FREE EVENT! There will also be Happy Hour drink specials, comfortable padded seats and ample free parking in Town Center.

Speakers include:

Fred Dobbs – Professor and Chair Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Jeff Jaglowicz – Owner-Operator of Sub Zero Ice Cream (Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream)

The Boogeyman Blues

Presented by Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

October 14, 2017

Our favorite detective, Christie Agatha, cannot sleep.  To solve this particular mystery, she must seek no further than meeting the Boogeyman himself; seeing as how she and her sidekick- the Amazing Mister Mist (stuffed animal extraordinaire) need their rest to solve the neighborhoods…nay, the world’s… biggest mysteries.  With the help of The Sandman, Christie embarks on a journey unlike anyone in the waking world has ever seen.  Unfortunately, meeting the Boogeyman may be the least of Christie’s worries!  This production is a fun romp through Christie’s collecting of clues and is perfect for all ages.

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

Stick around after the show and Make Your Own Chocolate Bar with The Royal Chocolate. Make a chocolate bar by filling the mold, choosing fun toppings and and decorating the wrapping box! Just an extra $10 at checkout!

Choose Your Own Ending: A Cabaret

No two shows will be the same!

October 14, 2017

 

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we’ve had to cancel our November 3 and 4 performances of Choose Your Own Ending. If you have pre-purchased tickets, we’ll get in touch soon to exchange them for an upcoming cabaret performance. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you will join us for our November cabaret Grateful and our popular holiday cabaret, Holidivas in December!

The Z’s brand of New York City “downtown” cabaret debuts this fall with an audience-participation twist. Throughout the evening, you have a hand in picking which songs will be sung as different performers take turns breaking the fourth wall and putting their own spin on classics old and new. No two shows will be the same!

Performances run:

September 29 & 30

October 12 & 13

 

It’s Almost Christmas

A Halloween Sketch Show

October 14, 2017

Plan B Comedy returns to the Z with their monthly sketch comedy show. We love these guys and you will too. Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy, and this time it’s Halloween inspired!

Doug MacLeod & Zack Salsberry – Live at the Z

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

October 07, 2017

MacLeod is known for his superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances. At the heart of a Doug MacLeod performance is his knack for storytelling, bringing characters-from the faceless to the legendary-to strikingly real life.

Doug is a multiple Blues Music Award winner, most recently the 2017 Blues Music Award for Acoustic Artist Of The Year and the Blues Blast Music Award for Male Artist Of The Year.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

Sponsored by TowneBank

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

Meet Your Maker

Mark Twain and Jim

October 06, 2017

Meet Your Maker” is a series of unscripted conversations between fictional characters and their authors. In the first installment of this series, Mark Twain will be talking with Jim, the slave freed during the controversial ending of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”. Ryan Clemens and Beatty Barnes star, with the conversation moderated by Hampton Roads own Chris Hanna.

Plan B Jam

Free Improv Jam

October 04, 2017

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

Build Your Own Fairytale

Presented by Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

September 30, 2017

Bucket of Monkeys Improv Troupe

CTHR’s acclaimed improvisational troupe creates a fun and interactive play especially for you! Rowdy, interactive, and enjoyable for children and adults alike, the “Monkeys” will give a one of a kind performance that your audience will be talking about for years to come. September’s theme is “Build Your Own Fairytale”, in which the audience (that’s you!) decides the story.

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads 

Plan B Comedy

An Improv Show!

September 23, 2017

Plan B Comedy brings their unique energy and fun to The Z for an improv show! It’s all made up on the spot based on suggestions from you, the audience. We literally can’t do it without you!

Shea Seger and Friends

Live at the Z!

September 22, 2017

We welcome Shea Seger, an American singer songwriter who has toured with John Mayer. With a voice that at times recalls the delicate vulnerability of Olivia Newton John, the sultry swagger of Sheryl Crow, the direct irony of Ani DiFranco. She is a combination of heavy modern percussion, singer/songwriter intimacy, bluesy drawl, and effortless pop hooks.

Sponsored by Towne Bank

The Word

An Open Mic for Poets, Storytellers and Fabulists

September 21, 2017

The Word welcomes diverse voices and fans of poetry, spoken word, and all forms of creative writing. We encourage all ages and backgrounds to come together and share in the mutual adoration of words. The Z provides a platform for writers to share their work while fostering a comfortable, laid-back, and encouraging atmosphere. This is your chance to take the mic! Read your own work or share a favorite.

Admission is a suggested $5 donation. Those looking to speak/perform may sign up at the door. Limited spots!

Arborophilia, or The Chopping Block

A Fantasia in Two Acts by Jacob Appel

September 15, 2017 to September 17, 2017

A solidly Democratic New York City matriarch finds herself losing control when her elder daughter falls in love with a Republican as her younger daughter falls for…a poplar tree in the adjacent vacant lot. The modern world is examined with all the absurdities of its various jury duties, anthropologies, and title searches exposed.

MSG – Acoustic Blues Trio – Live at the Z

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

September 09, 2017

An M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio concert is not just a performance, it is a complete emotional journey from joy to tears. It’s an event where everyone can participate and share in the celebration of life.

M.S.G. has been together for nearly fifteen years and have produced four CDs. They are proud to say their latest effort, THE FLOOD received a first-round Grammy nomination under the category of Best Traditional Blues Album. Locally, Veer Magazine nominated M.S.G. in the categories of Best Blues CD and Band of the Year.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

Sponsored by Towne Bank

Plan B Jam

Free Improv Jam

September 06, 2017

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

Plan B is Your New Step Dad

A Sketch Show!

September 02, 2017

Plan B Comedy returns to the Z with their monthly sketch show. We love these guys and you will too. Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy.

Friday Night Chic at the Z featuring Heather Mayes

VICTORY: Surviving Life, Love, and other Mysteries.

August 04, 2017

Friday evenings shine through the summer with swanky late nights at the Z.

The Z welcomes Heather Mayes with her solo cabaret, VICTORY: Surviving Life, Love, and other Mysteries.

Some surprise special guests that will be joining Heather on the stage who may or may not have attended the Governor’s School for the Arts.  Audience participation and laughter are key ingredients in this show as Heather gets personal about life, love, and other mysteries.   Musical selections run the gamut including standards and songs from:   Waitress, A Chorus Line, Snoopy, Always Patsy Cline, and composers Kander and Ebb, and Joe Iconis.

Friday Night Chic at the Z featuring Novaczar

One of a kind drag performance

July 28, 2017

Friday evenings shine through the summer with swanky late nights at the Z. Join us as we welcome Novaczar to the Z stage.

Novaczar was created by Noah Spiegel-Blum as a way to express their love for drag, gender bending and performance art. Novaczar a force to be reckoned with and dares the audience to judge for themselves as they encounter this personal journey through growing up, finding yourself and clearing the path to becoming who you truly want to be.

Friday Night Chic at the Z featuring Lindsay Eure

Two's Company

July 14, 2017 to July 21, 2017

Friday evenings shine through the summer with swanky late nights at the Z. Join us as we welcome Lindsay Eure to the Z stage.

One is the loneliest number, three is a crowd, and two is..well, you know the saying! Come to the cabaret, where being alive is reason enough to sing, and friends old and new are celebrated with song! Come as you are, stop by our bar, and share a cocktail with songstress Lindsay Eure and friends as they sing out tunes from Broadway and beyond, celebrating love, friendship and being alive!

Chasing Mother Goose

A show for the whole family!

July 02, 2017 to August 06, 2017

The venerable poet Mother Goose currently presides over a library that houses every piece of literature in existence. Day and night she does her best to keep order and ensure peace among the shelves. But even under her no-nonsense watch, the books have a tendency to get out of hand…

Things come to a head when the White Rabbit from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland shows up with the Mad Hatter close behind. Captain Ahab appears when a tattered copy of Moby Dick is returned, only to find that the pages that describe the creature that took his leg have gone missing. Mother Goose and the Hatter have no choice but to comb the other books for Ahab’s lost pages and put him back together before the library opens in the morning. On their journey they pass through Treasure Island, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and many more, all the while fleeing the amnesic Ahab on his misguided mission. A hilariously creative play, rich with audience interaction and touching moments. Suitable for all ages.

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

Plan B Comedy at the Z

Improv! Sketch! Comedy!

July 01, 2017 to August 05, 2017

The Z’s resident improv comedy group, Plan B, returns for a second summer. Plan B combines live sketch, improv, and video in a riotous new show every week that is sure to leave you laughing out loud. No two shows will be the same so come on out and join the comedy revolution. Viva la Plan B!

Friday Night Chic at the Z featuring Tiffany Haas

one night only solo cabaret

June 30, 2017

Friday evenings shine through the summer with swanky late nights at the Z. Join us as we welcome Tiffany Haas to the Z stage.

Tiffany Haas is a Broadway performer, concert vocalist, designer and passionate entrepreneur. Throughout the years her evolving career has traversed the Broadway, symphonies, pageants and teaching. Tiffany has played the role of a lifetime, “Glinda” in the Broadway and National Tour production of Wicked. During her 10-year career on Broadway, she also toured as the dance captain for the Tony Award-winning Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone. Tiffany continues to perform regularly with symphony orchestras and regional theaters all over the country.

Don’t miss out on this incredible performance for one night only!

 

Second to Nun – WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL

It Takes a Superior Mother to Make a New World.

June 29, 2017 to August 05, 2017

Book and Lyrics by Anton Dudley

Music by Michael Cooper

Canadian saint Marguerite Bourgeoys hijacks Zeiders American Dream Theater to relive her death-defying journey (The Black Plague! Iroquois scalpers! Randy French soldiers!) to bring women to New France.  A one woman musical about the power of faith, the persistence of invention, and the importance of staying true to your calling, even when you’re the only one who hears it.

Molly Pope stars as Marguerite Bourgeoys. She is a critically acclaimed singer, actor, and entertainer whose shows have played Joe’s Pub, Feinstein’s/54 Below, Ars Nova, and The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. With her thrilling powerhouse vocals, razor-sharp timing, and hilarious and heartbreaking stage presence, Molly was named one of Time Out New York’s “Top Ten Cabaret Acts.”

Read all the RAVE reviews:

REVIEW: VEER Magazine

REVIEW: AltDaily.com

REVIEW: OutWire757

 

Songwriters Live at the Z! with Bill Gurley

last Songwriters show of the season

June 17, 2017

Bill Gurley is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter from the Northern Neck of Virginia. Best known initially as a member of ground breaking bands such as The New Morning String Band and Bottle Hill. He also partnered with guitarist Stephen Bennett for many memorable concerts and recordings. His association with Stephen lead to an introduction to jazz bassist Jimmy Masters, a musical collaboration that continues to this day.

Along with showcasing their songs the artists will be interviewed and have a Q & A with the audience.

Hosted by Chris Van Cleave

Sponsored By TowneBank

After Orlando: Stories of Los 49

CONCEIVED BY THE MISSING BOLTS PRODUCTION COMPany

June 09, 2017 to June 10, 2017

Artists from across Hampton Roads come together to remember the lives of those that were lost on June 12, 2016 with the production After Orlando: Stories of Los 49. Join these talented artist as the emotions and feelings of activists, writers, survivors, and more are encapsulated in 16 short plays written by famous playwrights such as Neil Labute to Amina Henry.
Directed by Connor Norton, Kat Martin, Ricardo Melendez, and Lindsay Eure with music by Jake Hull…this performance processes to be as cathartic as it does inspiring for activists, allies, and community members alike. Five dollars of all tickets will be donated to Access AIDS Care and The LGBT Center of Hampton Roads, while the rest will be donated to The Orange Ave Project.
 
Special Silent Auction and Raffle will be available at 6PM on Friday, June 9th.
 
For more information on The Orange Ave Project, visit www.orangeaveproject.org

 

THIS PERFORMANCE WILL BE HELD AT:

The Governor’s School for the Arts Dalis Black Box Theatre
254 Granby St
Norfolk, VA 23510

Jason Kypros vs The Industrial Revolution

ONE MAN SHOW!

June 02, 2017 to June 04, 2017

In this one person show, Jason Kypros takes an interdisciplinary approach to one of the most major influences on our society today. The Industrial Revolution has shaped how we live as well as who we are, both in this country and abroad. Jason’s unique approach to storytelling utilizes History, Philosophy as well as his own personal life experiences to create an enlightening evening that will have you laughing as well as thinking.

I’ll Huff & I’ll Puff: The Absolutely True Story of the Big Bad Wolf

Family Show

May 27, 2017

You think you know the story. Pigs. Houses. Red Cloaks. Taking baskets to Grandma’s house. But you’ve never heard the real story – until now!
Boss Beulah Bell (a proper Southern pig) is in charge of a little patch of countryside in the Fairytale Woods. But for Beulah, being the star of The Three Little Pigs isn’t enough. With the help of her dimwitted daughter Petaline and a well-intentioned want-ad Wolf, she plans to alter all the fairytales beyond repair.
With the help of the audience, Petaline Prunella Pig and Wyoming Wolf (a.k.a. The Big Bad) vie to stop Beulah in her quest to change the fairytales as we know them into new works, such as “The Little Pig-maid”, “Pig-nocchio”, and “Snow Pig and the Seven Dwarves”.
An engaging and interactive production that will entertain the youngest audience members, the seasoned theatre-goers, and everyone in between!

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

Plan B Defends Their Thesis

with Plan B Comedy

May 27, 2017

Plan B Comedy returns to the Z with their monthly improv show. We love these guys and you will too. Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy.

The Undiscovered

Musical Theater Open Mic

May 25, 2017

Dust of your sheet music, warm up those vocal chords, and step into the spotlight! Join your fellow musical theater enthusiasts for a night of songs from The Great White Way. Come and see the finest of Hampton Roads’ Broadway-worthy talent. Those looking to sing may sign up at the door. Limited spots!

Suggested $5 donation at the door.

Jazz Club at the Z

with Eddie Williams

May 21, 2017

Craving good music or just a great way to end the weekend on a high note? Join The Z’s own resident jazz artist Eddie Williams in an evening of all things jazz. Eddie welcomes such great guest musicians from the area for an evening of great music and inviting atmosphere. Grab a drink from the bar and settle in for an evening of jazz.

Plan B Jam

FREE IMPROV JAM

May 17, 2017

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

To Mama, With Love

Spring Cabaret Showcase

May 14, 2017

Our cabaret showcase returns with this Mother’s Day matinee. Up-and-coming performers join together to take turns on the small stage in tribute to mothers the world over. This jewel of a show is the perfect centerpiece of your Mother’s Day plans!

Conceived and Directed by Lindsay Eure

Sofia Talvik

Live at the Z!

May 13, 2017

Unmistakably Nordic in flavor, Sofia Talvik somehow still conforms to American interpretations of her own original music, a North Sea siren blending sparkle and melancholy. A veteran performer with 6 full length albums as well as numerous EPs, singles and tours behind her. Experience Sofia’s music with this one night only concert, live at the Z.

Mark Twain, Music and Whiskey

“Whisky is liquid sunshine.”

May 12, 2017

Hooray for Mark Twain, music, and WHISKEY! Whether you’re in total agreement or a teetotaler, you’ll enjoy spending an evening with America’s best loved author, humorist, and storyteller. Mark Twain, Music, & Whiskey is an event which brings Twain’s wit, wisdom, and “nineteenth century stand-up comedy” to life. Created by and presented by Ryan Clemens, a professional actor and genuine relative of Samuel L. Clemens (the real name of author Mark Twain), this fun and festive production offers the musical talents of banjoist Reg Lanning and vocalist Samuel Flint. Join us for a one-night only chance to enjoy good drinks, good laughs, and a chance to personally encounter the humor and heart of an American literary legend.

Songwriters Live at the Z! with Skye Zentz

One Night Only!

May 11, 2017

Over the last decade, Skye has made a name for herself in the Hampton Roads area with her infectious, uplifting energy, honest lyrics and memorable melodies. Her releases have earned her multiple local nominations for Song of the Year (both in the 2007 Portfolio Music Awards and the 2013 and 2014 Veer Music Awards). Skye took home the Veer Music Award for Best Acoustic/Folk in 2013 and Best Busker in 2015. She also received the 2016 Music Video of the Year Award for her original Norfolk anthem “The Tide”.

Along with showcasing their songs the artists will be interviewed and have a Q & A with the audience.

Hosted by Chris Van Cleave

Sponsored By TowneBank

The Telling Project

Your military, their stories

May 05, 2017 to May 07, 2017

The Telling Project facilitates meaningful contact between veteran and civilian populations on a community level. Veterans and veterans’ family members step forward as performers and after interview, performance training, and rehearsal, the ‘performers’ tell their stories of service to their communities.

Co-presented with Virginia Arts Festival

Plan B Jam

FREE IMPROV JAM

May 03, 2017

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

Jazz Club at the Z

with Eddie Williams

April 30, 2017

Craving good music or just a great way to end the weekend on a high note? Join The Z’s own resident jazz artist Eddie Williams in an evening of all things jazz. Eddie welcomes such great guest musicians from the area for an evening of great music and inviting atmosphere. Grab a drink from the bar and settle in for an evening of jazz.

Burning Sugar

A Theatrical Concert Experience

April 27, 2017 to April 29, 2017

Burning Sugar is the concert experience supporting Emerging Artist Evan Hannah’s upcoming project Hissing Sounds. Visually, Burning Sugar is arrestingly intimate story of a black American Boy. It opens up his journey with the light and the dark touching on queerness, child abuse, and more, through the media of songs, video, lights, and magic. This one-of-a-kind show crosses traditional theatrical borders as the narrative unwinds, blurring the distinction between play, concert, performer, and audience.

Join us as the first audience to see this fully staged production.

Zeiders American Dream Theater is funded in part by the citizens of Virginia Beach through a grant from the City of Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission.

Bucket of Monkeys Improv Troupe Presents: Robin Hood

Family Show

April 22, 2017

CTHR’s acclaimed improvisational troupe creates a performance especially for you! Rowdy, interactive, and enjoyable for children and adults alike, the “Monkeys” will give a one of a kind show that your audience will be talking about for years to come.

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

It’s April; Fool! A Sketch Show

with Plan B Comedy

April 22, 2017

Plan B Comedy returns to the Z with their monthly sketch comedy show. We love these guys and you will too. Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy.

Queen Mary Disco Party

Funkytown Friday!

April 21, 2017

Bring your friends, bring your boogie shoes, and bring those dollar bills y’all! Queen Mary is back! This hardworking dancing queen is getting down and turning that beat around, so let’s make sure the energy is stayin’ alive all night!

The Word

An Open Mic for Storyrellers, Poets and Fabulists

April 20, 2017

The Word welcomes diverse voices and fans of poetry, spoken word, and all forms of creative writing. We encourage all ages and backgrounds to come together and share in the mutual adoration of words. The Z provides a platform for writers to share their work while fostering a comfortable, laid-back, and encouraging atmosphere. This is your chance to take the mic! Read your own work or share a favorite.

Admission is a suggested $5 donation. Those looking to speak/perform may sign up at the door. Limited spots!

Plan B Jam

FREE IMPROV JAM

April 19, 2017

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

Mixtape Monday

New Lecture Series

April 17, 2017

What do a tax auditor and a chocolatier have in common?

You have to come to Mixtape Monday at Zeiders American Dream Theater to find out.

Meet Molly Morneault from Cherry Bekaert LLP and Terry Restin from The Royal Chocolate in this next installment of Mixtape Monday!

Veteran local talk show host Joel Rubin will quiz these two diverse characters on what they do (taxes taxes taxes…and chocolate chocolate chocolate) and let you in the audience join in with your own questions and observations.

FREE EVENT! There will also be Happy Hour drink specials, comfortable padded seats and ample free parking in Town Center.

Meet the Musicians

FREE EVENT!

April 09, 2017

Meet and mingle with some of the amazing and talented musicians of Virginia Symphony Orchestra at the Z. Join a handful of different musicians after their performance of Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5. The concert will take place at the Sandler Center followed by Meet the Musicians at Zeiders American Dream Theater. Come ask them anything!

No ticket necessary and no charge at the door!

Musicians TBA

It’s April; Fool! An Improv Show

with Plan B Comedy

April 08, 2017

Plan B Comedy returns to the Z with their monthly improv show. We love these guys and you will too. Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy.

A Canary and A Crooner

Spring Cabaret

April 07, 2017 to April 08, 2017

The Z becomes a swanky cabaret club for an evening of songs and stories in the classic style of Bobby Short, Édith Piaf, Noël Coward, and Rosemary Clooney. Expect dazzling vocal performances backed with amusing and touching anecdotes as we spin a fresh take on the classic cabaret form by performing songs never sung by any of those classic artists!

Conceived by Bart Kuebler

Directed by Lindsay Eure

Songwriters Live at the Z! with Dustin Furlow

One Night Only!

April 06, 2017

Dustin Furlow is a 23-year-old, Virginia-based singer/songwriter/guitarist. Playing just over 231 shows in 2016, he is almost always engaged in studio-time, writing, or performing and is currently at work on his third project “Shelter”.

In February 2017, he took home the Veer Magazine award for “Best Acoustic/Folk Artist” in the Hampton Roads area for 2016.
He also recieved nominations for “Song of the Year” (The Garden), and “Album of the Year” (The Sound That You Call Home).

Along with showcasing their songs the artists will be interviewed and have a Q & A with the audience.

Hosted by Chris Van Cleave

Sponsored By TowneBank

Plan B Jam

FREE IMPROV JAM

April 05, 2017

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

Saint Irene’s

A New Play by Manoli Kouremetis

March 31, 2017 to April 02, 2017

St. Irene’s Greek Orthodox church is in crisis. The church leaders realize that they have the opportunity to pull themselves out of debt, but by the use of dubiously acquired funds. This leads to a debate between legacy and faith as the church leaders must choose between what is right and what is reasonable.

Join us as the first audience to see a staged reading of this developing new work.

Zeiders American Dream Theater is funded in part by the citizens of Virginia Beach through a grant from the City of Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission.

The Standard Conversation

with Eddie Williams

March 26, 2017

Join The Z’s own resident jazz artist Eddie Williams in an evening of conversation about all things jazz. Eddie has welcomed such great guest musicians like Jim Masters, John Toomey, Rich Mossman among others. Who will play next alongside Eddie? Bring your intellect and your instrument!

Suggested $5 door donation

The Undiscovered

Musical Theater Open Mic

March 23, 2017

Dust of your sheet music, warm up those vocal chords, and step into the spotlight! Join your fellow musical theater enthusiasts for a night of songs from The Great White Way. Come and see the finest of Hampton Roads’ Broadway-worthy talent. Those looking to sing may sign up at the door. Limited spots!

Suggested $5 donation at the door.

Meet the Musicians

FREE EVENT!

March 19, 2017

Meet and mingle with some of the amazing and talented musicians of Virginia Symphony Orchestra at the Z. Join a handful of different musicians after their performance of Verdi: Requiem. The concert will take place at the Sandler Center followed by Meet the Musicians at Zeiders American Dream Theater. Come ask them anything!
Scott McElroy, Principal Trombone
Rodney Martell, Bass Trombone
Peter DuBeau, Principal Tuba
Benjamin Rous, Resident Conductor

No ticket necessary and no charge at the door!

 

Davy Crockett’s Tremendously Tall Tales

Family Show

March 18, 2017

“King of the Wild Frontier” is a name befitting a Tennessee hero with a coonskin cap… but what if there are not one, not two, but three such heroes competing for the title? There’s only one way to tell the real from the imposter: A Tall Tale Telling Tournament!
Join Davy Crockett, Davy Crockett, and Davy Crockett on a trip through the folklore and tall tales of the American frontier. Enjoy familiar characters such as Paul Bunyan, Babe the Blue Ox and Johnny Appleseed, and also some not so familiar characters… like hoop-snakes and hide-behinds! Interactive and hilarious; a wonderful adventure for every age.

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

The Word

An Open Mic for Storyrellers, Poets and Fabulists

March 16, 2017

The Word welcomes diverse voices and fans of poetry, spoken word, and all forms of creative writing. We encourage all ages and backgrounds to come together and share in the mutual adoration of words. The Z provides a platform for writers to share their work while fostering a comfortable, laid-back, and encouraging atmosphere. This is your chance to take the mic! Read your own work or share a favorite.

Admission is a suggested $5 donation. Those looking to speak/perform may sign up at the door. Limited spots!

March Radness

with Plan B Comedy

March 11, 2017

Plan B Comedy returns to the Z with their monthly improv show. We love these guys and you will too. Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy.

Mixtape Monday

New Lecture Series

March 06, 2017

What do Lowell the Hammer Stanley, our region’s most “notorious” personal injury lawyer…and Chris Richeson from Chesapeake Bay Distillery have in common?

You have to come to Mixtape Monday at Zeiders American Dream Theater to find out.

Veteran local talk show host Joel Rubin will quiz these two diverse characters on what they do (cash, cash, cash…and vodka, vodka, vodka) and let you in the audience join in with your own questions and observations.

FREE EVENT!  There will also be Happy Hour drink specials, comfortable padded seats and ample free parking in Town Center.

 

Morning To Morning

Pop Up Exhibition

February 18, 2017

Zeiders American Dream Theater Emerging Artist, Evan Hannah is presenting a collective visual and performing arts exhibition that was originally inspired by his debut EP THE MORNING. It’s centered around and celebrates the work of artists of color as well as members of the LGBTQ+ community and women.

This year we have the visual work of Micah Scott and Amber Robinson, a mix by Michael Castillo, spoken word by Erica Aquino, and music by Copelana as well as Evan Hannah featuring players from the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets are $10 at the door and all proceeds will go to The LGBT Center of Hampton Roads.